Water management is a critical factor in any industry and Ingeteam has been involved, has poured his expertise, and has accompanied companies in their water management projects for more than 80 years.
Committed to efficient water resource management and use in the entire value chain, Ingeteam has created a specific division focused on offering optimal solutions for pumping systems, energy distribution and automation of water management processes.
Ingeteam, from its Water sector, offers solutions for the entire water cycle. We cover everything from deep groundwater abstraction, to abstraction for desalination plants to produce drinking water. We also provide solutions for water and wastewater management, both domestic and industrial, with pumping station applications, for example in wastewater treatment plants. Finally, and very importantly, we offer solutions for surface runoff management and flood control, a major challenge in areas vulnerable to climate change such as the Mediterranean basin.
It goes without saying that for all these applications we have an after-sales service, which supports our customers and ensures the highest level of service operations 24/7.
Regarding our product portfolio, we have a range of Indar submersible multistage centrifugal pumps, with a wide range of flow and head, suitable for potable water and water with low solid content. We also have Indar centrifugal volute pumps for water with a high solid load and Indar axial impeller pumps for high flow and low head applications. This portfolio also includes control systems, frequency converters and operation and maintenance services for the different applications mentioned above.
Evolution of the water cycle management
Water cycle management has experienced a very important development in the last forty years, especially in countries like Spain, where water resource availability and the supplied volume are irregular. The need to guarantee the water supply at an affordable cost and with a minimum environmental impact has been the driving force behind this evolution.
This scenario has led to using a mix of different water sources. In addition to conventional sources, drinking water is obtained from seawater through desalination processes. On the other hand, reclaimed water is also obtained through tertiary purification processes, covering a significant portion of the purposes and demands water is used for. This implies, for each application, different water characteristics – supernatant, suspended sands, etc. – and very different pumping conditions, in more or less corrosive environments.
These two reasons have been the fundamental drivers for pumping solutions to offer product designs such as hydraulic pumps and motor types with higher performance, and wire-to-water solutions, which are better suited to the new requirements of water management.
This is exactly what we do at Ingeteam Water: design the product to offer our customers the best solution in terms of operability, durability and reliability, without forgetting energy efficiency, for all stages of the water cycle. The search for more efficient and environmentally friendly solutions, as well as the digitalisation in the sector, are the levers that drive current and future solutions.
The importance of water in the energy transition
The relationship between water and energy is intrinsic. We could say that one cannot exist without the other. On the one hand, water is an energy-generating resource in hydropower plants and can also accumulate energy, as in pumped storage hydropower facilities. Energy is also used for water withdrawal, transport, distribution, treatment and reuse for all authorised uses, such as in the industrial, domestic, agricultural, municipal, etc. sectors.
Climate change and its consequences are on the agenda of all governments. Energy transition programmes impact most industries and water is not an exception. Water-based energy storage projects, taking advantage of hydroelectric generation infrastructure with reversible power generation processes and subsequent pumping, show the importance of water in the energy transition we are going through. It is a solution that allows greater flexibility when it comes to adapting the generation capacity of the system to the existing demand.
It is essential to ensure efficiency in the management of the resource, especially in sensitive activities such as distribution, ensuring optimum operation of infrastructure, from water withdrawal to delivery.
To achieve this objective, Ingeteam adapts the operational design of the pumping stations, adjusting the pump curve (Best Efficiency Point) to the facility as much as possible, thus avoiding hours of pumping inefficiency. Avoiding losses in the network is essential to increase the energy efficiency of the system and avoid overconsumption of energy.
It is also necessary to promote water reuse after appropriate treatment processes. This entails obtaining a water resource in optimal condition, with a lower energy cost than would be the case with conventional water sources or through desalination.
This practice is especially necessary for areas with water stress due to the seasonality of water demand and the unevenness of rainfall patterns. This is the case in the entire Mediterranean basin and the Spanish Mediterranean coast, with very pronounced seasonal population fluctuations and an irregular rainfall regime.
Ingeteam’s Indar pumping solutions
Ingeteam is the right partner for the design of pumping solutions. In this regard, the role of pump manufacturers has evolved from that of a mere product supplier to that of solution providers, accompanying our clients in their projects from the initial design phase.
Our goal is to collaborate closely with the customer, offering our extensive experience in the design of Indar pumping systems, optimizing their performance and innovating and developing our products. We aim to offer the best engineering service, according to the specifications of each project.
We could give as an example our Indar permanent magnet submersible motors (PMM) filled with water and free of oils, which offer better electrical performance while caring for the environment, or Indar centrifugal pumps that provide greater operational reliability with their anti-clogging impellers.
All this can be summarised in that Ingeteam, from its Water sector, offers the best support to its customers to achieve the best solution with the lowest energy consumption and operating cost throughout a product’s life cycle.