Tuesday 1:00 PM
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Room: Illinois

Pilot Study Results from a Demonstration of a Direct Drive High Speed Turbo Blower at the City of Plano Water Reclamation Facility

The City of Plano owns and operates a 2.44 MGD biological nutrient removal treatment facility. The plant is gravity fed from intercepting sewers. The largest power consumption is by the four 150 HP multi-stage centrifugal blowers which were installed in 2004. Control of the centrifugal blower output is achieved by throttling the motorized suction valve on the inlet to the blower. The City has initiated a pilot study of a direct drive high speed turbo blower and is measuring power consumption in an effort to determine the potential payback. The results of the pilot study will be presented.

Moderator:  Dave Tucker


Mark Halm - Walter E. Deuchler Associates
Mark joined Walter E. Deuchler Associates, Inc. (WEDA) in 2001 and became a Principal of the firm in 2006. Mark manages the water and wastewater treatment facilities design group. His responsibilities include QA/QC of plans and specifications, design plan and specification production, and management of construction services on treatment plant projects and pump stations. His experience includes: facility planning, hydraulic analysis, pumping station systems, process design for nutrient removal, digestion system design to meet Class A requirements, and water quality master planning and modeling.
Mark has a B.S. in engineering from Marquette University (1990), a M.S. from Marquette University (1992), and an M.B.A. from Keller Graduate School of Management (2000).