Storage System Efficiencies: Energy Saving Investigation Process
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- Know all tank dimensions, including elevations of floor and overflow.
- Verify tank capacities and the capacity per foot.
- Know the equalization, fire, and emergency levels and capacities.
- Know your tank rate of changes +/- at all times with the SCADA system.
- With this information, make informed decisions, instead of relying on the classic “saw tooth” pattern of operation.
- With our unique ability to store water in tanks, we should think more of a tank as an energy storage battery, and use equalization storage in place of running pumps.
- Storing water is very similar to storing energy, which in turn allows us:
- The ability to run high energy and power motors and other equipment at controlled rates, and during controlled periods of time.
- This is unique in the world of commercial and industrial power users.
- Size all new tanks for:
- Required ERC demands as per State DEQ standards.
- Fire and emergency storage.
- Energy storage volumes (for Off-Peak Pumping) if possible.
- Inspect and clean all reservoirs regularly, check for leaks and security issues.
- Have a reservoir back-up plan in case a reservoir needs to be taken down, with PRVs, pressure regulated pumps, or VFDs, etc.
- Install backup floats in reservoirs in case of transducer failures.
- Investigate possible ASR (Aquifer Storage and Recovery) projects to reduce the seasonal peaks, and better optimize the usage of water sources or treatment facilities.