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Xylem develops world’s first intelligent wastewater pumping system

Global water tech company Xylem has developed Flygt Concertor, the world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence.

The system senses the operating conditions of its environment, adapts its performance in real time, and provides feedback to pumping station operators.

Xylem reports that fields tests conducted around the world have validated energy savings of up to 70% compared to a conventional pumping system, clog-free pumping operation and clean wet wells saving up to 80% in vacuum cleaning costs, and compact design, reducing cabinet size by up to 50%.

Flygt Concertor is suitable for use with wastewater pumps in the range of 2.2 to 7.3kW and has a system design that combines IE4 motor efficiency, N-hydraulics, integrated power electronics, and intelligent controls.

In contrast to the fixed performance curves of conventional pumps, Flygt Concertor offers a wide performance field from which to choose the right operating point.

Furthermore, Concertor features a built-in sump and pipe-cleaning features – a first for a wastewater pumping system.

Together with a second generation of Flygt’s patented Adaptive N-technology and an integrated pump-cleaning function, these features minimise vacuum cleaning costs.

When tested at a pumping station in Heathrow Airport, the combined performance of these functionalities successfully eliminated regular clogging issues and kept the sump clean. 

“Since installing Concertor we have had absolutely no clogging and the sump remains clean,” said Ian Jolly, systems specialist for water at Heathrow Airport Water Services Department. “As well as peace of mind, the cost savings are approximately 87.5% of the annual costs in cleaning and servicing.”