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Desalinate seawater – preserve life

Desalination plant

The source of life

According to the World Health Organization, even though two-thirds of the world’s surface is covered with water, around 11 percent of the world’s population has no reliable access to drinking water. And industrial and drinking water is growing scarcer. Because groundwater is often not enough to cover needs, seawater desalination is playing an increasingly important role, especially in countries with major water shortages or polluted rivers. As a consequence, seawater desalination is now carried-out in over 150 countries. Our software, automation technology and end-to-end service help you design, operate and maintain your desalination plant and to keep it efficient in the long term.

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A clean solution

The most important aspects of seawater desalination are to improve security of supply, reduce energy requirements and provide the best possible water treatment control. There is also the complex nature of the plants, which makes state-of-the-art control and monitoring systems indispensable. After all, the process not only consumes a great deal of energy but is also expensive.

Reducing energy consumption

Reducing energy consumption

Seawater desalination is an energy-intensive and therefore costly process. That’s why energy efficiency plays an extremely important role in ensuring economical plant operation. A key aspect here lies in drive technology. With perfectly matched components such as enclosures, bearings, active parts, ventilation, and cooling system, we can supply the right motor for every need. In this way, we ensure a high level of plant availability, security of supply thanks to high material quality – the result of innovative processing – and reduced energy consumption

Control and monitoring

Easy control and monitoring of complex desalination plants

Desalination plants are often unmanned and are managed remotely from a central control room. The main challenge therefore lies in the maintenance and modernization of PC-based control systems. The virtual control technology, in particular, offers clear advantages: the entire control system server infrastructure is consolidated in a computer center. We facilitate your entry into future-oriented technologies with our lifecycle service that covers everything you need for a virtualization solution – all from a single source.

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Integrated plant engineering reduces the times needed for commissioning

Global competition, dynamic market requirements, eco-friendliness, and legislative regulations; plant engineering is facing increasing international competitive pressure – and that includes the water and wastewater industry! That’s why implementation times and project costs have to be reduced. Our integrated engineering ensures that plant design, the distributed control system and device configuration all work perfectly together. For you as the plant designer and operator, that means maximum data consistency from design to automation and operation.

Products, solutions, and services throughout the entire plant lifecycle

The parallelization and automation of work processes, their simplification and standardization, as well as digitalization and electrification are all important factors for improving the efficiency of your plant. Competing in the international market requires constant innovative strength and efficiency as well as increased productivity and quality – throughout the entire plant lifecycle. With our customized solutions, products, and services we help you achieve integrated plant management.

Efficiency starts with planning

Efficiency throughout the plant lifecycle starts with planning

It is vital to be working as cost-effectively as possible right from the planning phase. Innovative software and tools are important factors in speeding up the planning phase. Make optimal use of this potential, because saving time means saving money.

Reducing configuration time and effort

Reducing configuration time and effort

Operators of desalination plants are constantly facing new challenges due to growing time and cost pressures.

The planning and further development of an innovative, high-quality system landscape requires system-specific, easy-to-use planning tools. With ProTime PCS 7, you can convert your individual requirements and existing quantity structure into SIMATIC PCS 7 plant configurations that can then be ordered. This not only enables you to improve the quality of your system design but also significantly reduces the time required.

Fault-free configuration of automation engineering

Fault-free configuration of automation engineering

Errors in the selection of system components when automating a desalination plant can result in delays and even disposal problems at the time of commissioning. Using the TIA Selection Tool, you can ensure error-free configuration without expert knowledge. You not only save time but also money. The TIA Selection Tool is free. The desktop and cloud versions permit cross-team cooperation with maximum flexibility.

Totally Integrated Automation

Designing the automation of a desalination plant

Uninterrupted operation, high water quality, and reduction of plant costs are only some of the challenges of the water industry. Automation plays a decisive role in resolving these issues. Our automation engineering allows you to respond quickly to changes in the supply network. It stands for user-friendliness, high system availability, investment protection, future-proof technology and reduced total cost of ownership.

Planning drive engineering

Planning drive engineering

With perfectly matched components such as enclosure, bearings, active parts, ventilation, and cooling system, we offer you the right motor and converter for every need. We thus ensure high plant availability, security of supply with high material quality through innovative processing and low energy consumption.

Planning the electrification of a desalination plant

Planning the electrification of a desalination plant

Our comprehensive range of power supply products permits a reliable, secure and efficient power supply with software and hardware products, systems and solutions for all voltage levels of your desalination plant.

Service & Support

Take advantage of our expertise

Our comprehensive technological know-how, proven industry expertise, and a global network of service experts are just some of the ways we can support you in the planning of your desalination plant.

Engineering phase

Integrated Engineering: shortening the time from planning to operation

Competing in the international market today requires constant innovative strength and efficiency, faster commissioning – and uncompromising quality from the very start. The solution: Enjoy the benefits of digitalization as early as the engineering phase through our Integrated Engineering concept, based on consistent software tools.