Pilot Plant

Water resources are becoming increasingly scarce in many areas of the world due to rapid development, water reserves contamination and increased demand. Drinking, industrial and agricultural water treatment technology applications require new and innovative processes, based on the raw water quality and flows.
The large capital costs and investment security for water treatment plants and rapidly advancing water treatment technologies force often industry to rely increasingly on pilot plant investigations in order to minimize the risk in economic or technical failure of new installations. In primary water treatment applications, it cannot be claimed that a technical solution applied in one installation should perform equally in other challenging ones referring to project feasibility and efficiency.
A pilot plant is a reduced scale system, introduced as an industry experimentation for generating information about the behavior of the system for use in design of larger installations. Generally, the pilot plant is configured to be just large enough to imitate any technical issues that could occur in a larger plant, but small enough to prevent the waste of raw materials, labor, and other common operational expenses.
Pilot plant investigations are only helpful if the pilot program is based on a thorough understanding of process design concepts, equipment dynamics and interactions. Depending on the source water the time needed to realize a pilot program may reach 12 month (e.g. to cover seasonal quality changes in source water). It is always advantageous to investigate during pilot testing with methods of automatic process control, with suitable advanced measuring instruments and the dynamic properties of the system during the pilot plant experiments. The pilot plant design should correspond in all aspects to the operating conditions and data of the larger plant in order to have the most reliable results. The pilot plant components design should reflect to certain operating conditions but be also, at the same time flexible to adapt new conditions that may evolve during long term testing.
Actually the utilization of a pilot plant equipment can accomplish the following objectives. 
  • Comparison of different conventional water treatment technologies for new plant construction.
  • Comparison of alternative advanced  water treatment technologies and  new  market products
  • Compliance with international, national, and local regulatory standards or tender specifications.
  • Optimization of existing water treatment processes.
  • Flexible and safe experimentation without the worry of potentially hazardous effluent water quality going to the public.
  • Plant operator training and public education or demonstration.
  • Establishment of design criteria with confidence, thus ensuring the best technical and economic choice. 
Many water treatment processes can be effectively modeled with pilot plant equipment. These processes include coagulant rapid mixing, low-energy flocculation, lamella plate settling, granular media filtration, GAC filtration, membrane separation performance, ion exchange resins performance,  permeate water post treatment with lime milk, limestone, dolomite, and ozone, UV radiation or sodium hypochlorite contacting for water disinfection, etc. .
OSMO SISTEMI vast a huge experience in pilot plant design, construction and follow up. Pilot plants manufactured by OSMO SISTEMI, are designed, fabricated, and serviced to empower water treatment decision-makers or end users to have the necessary tools to achieve their objectives, first technical and at the end economical.

Containerized pilot plant for Reverse Osmosis technology performance in special conditions

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