Festo Now Offering Energy Self-Sufficient Automation Solution for Water Technology

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Solar and wind power are key to this application

The heart of the energy self-sufficient pneumatic solution: an electrical terminal type CPX, combined with a valve terminal type VTSA, also provides diagnostics functions. (photo: Festo)

Operators no longer have to open and close the valves manually to drain the stored water, thus saving valuable time and money.

Festo has developed a ground-breaking storm water holding tank solution that is energy self-sufficient. Solar and wind energy drive the gate valves of storm water holding tanks, most of which are located in areas without a normal power supply. Operators no longer have to open and close the valves manually to drain the stored water, thus saving valuable time and money.

Storm water holding tanks collect the excess water from the sewer system when there is heavy rainfall and thus relieve pressure on wastewater treatment plants and natural bodies of water. Once there is sufficient capacity available in the wastewater treatment plant again, the gate valves on the holding tank are opened to drain off water. Because the holding tanks are often located in areas where there is no normal power supply, valves have to be opened manually.

Energy storage

The Festo solution uses solar and wind energy to generate electricity. It even stores energy for use whenever it is needed. The energy is used to power the control unit and operate the pneumatic actuators. If the power supply from one of the energy sources fails, a built-in emergency function ensures that the gate valves can continue to be operated several more times until a repair or replacement has been carried out.

Using a Festo GSM modem, the entire system can be controlled and monitored from the remote control center. The opening and closing of the gate valves as well as the status monitoring for the entire system can also be performed centrally. A data logger continuously documents the charge status of the accumulators as well as logging the charging behavior. The compressed air production times are also monitored and the data is transmitted to the control center. Leaks, problems with the power supply, and other faults can thus be detected and rectified at an early stage.

Diagnostics with CPX

The heart of the pneumatic solution is a Festo electrical terminal type CPX combined with a valve terminal type VTSA. Users are thus provided with a complete energy self-sufficient system that can perform control tasks directly on site and offers comprehensive diagnostics functions. Modules for temperature measurement, pressure regulators, or even pressure sensors can be added, and the signals can be processed via the CPX terminal.

The flow control valves are actuated with Festo pneumatic linear actuators type DFPI and DLP, some of which are equipped with positioners. When used outdoors, as is often the case with water technology, pneumatic drives are ideal. They are extremely robust, corrosion-resistant, and can also be used in an ATEX zone. For the variable-speed actuator DFPI, displacement encoders and positioners are harmonized for optimum performance and integrated into a housing. This makes the solution extremely compact and ensures that all parts are protected.

Complete solution

The advantages of Festo’s energy self-sufficient pneumatic solution are clear. The system allows fully automated operation even in areas where there is no normal power supply. Operators save time and money because they can operate the gate valves as required from a central location. The system also offers continuous monitoring. Festo can deliver not only the complete automation solution itself, but also technical advice for the operators, planners and plant engineers responsible for the planning and implementation of the system.


About Festo

Festo is a leading global manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process control and factory automation solutions, with over 55 national headquarters serving more than 180 countries.

Celebrating 40 years of innovation in the United States and over 80 years globally, Festo continuously elevates the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment.

Our dedication to the advancement of automation extends beyond technology to the education of current and future automation and robotic designers with simulation tools, teaching programs, and on-site services.

For sales information, call Festo at 800-993-3786.
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