Sustainability, energy efficiency, “Green” concepts, LEED building design are often touched on in commercial laundry design meetings and reviews, but how often do decision makers grant the approval to move forward with these ideas realizing the environmental impact if these ideas are not incorporated?
Fuel Energy and Water – Water is still required to wash; water is heated. Commercial laundry machinery designs have limitations to the amount of water they can save. Heat energy required varies directly with the amount of water. In machines that heat water on board, one of the most fundamentally inefficient means of heating water, live steam injection, is employed. Filtering 100% of the wastewater not carried forward to drying machinery and recycling that filtered water optimizes the gallons per pound used for production and captures the heat available in the wastewater directly minimizing the amount of live steam injection that is required to achieve washing temperatures.
Our project of the month show cases a commercial laundry in the Pacific Northwest that has realized fuel and water use efficiency and sustainability objectives.
- 55,539,274 gallons recycled in 27 months
- Achieving a 79% recovery rate
- 210,438 therms of heat energy
With Kemco’s water recycling system operating watch the numbers grow!
Kemco can deploy small, pilot scale treatment systems to treat your plant’s wastewater on-site. Pilot studies are used to confirm the projected water treatment goals using your actual plant wastewater. Our pilot is a fully functional, small scale treatment system completely installed inside a standard shipping container. You provide electricity and wastewater and it can by hooked up and operating within hours! The pilot system can be delivered to your plant via truck and includes the following:
- Ceramic Microfiltration and Reverse Osmosis Systems
- pH Control and Chemical Treatment Systems
- Water Quality Instrumentation
- Data Logging and Internet Based (remote) Monitoring
Contact us to ask about our Mobile Pilot service or about our bench scale lab testing capability.
This Kemco CMF/RO filtration system is designed to treat waste water from a Dairy’s evaporator and dryer CIP system. This waste stream contains a mix of residual milk product, water, and CIP chemicals with very high levels of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS). Prior to filtering this waste water with the Kemco CMF/RO filtration system, it was being hauled offsite for disposal.
As shown in the table above and photo below, the Kemco System proved to be very effective in removing the contaminants that prevented this waste stream from being discharged to the municipal treatment system.
The Kemco CMF/RO has reduced the haul costs by 75% and the filtered water is currently being recycled as cooling tower make-up water, or being safely discharged to the municipal system.
KEMCO SYSTEMS built a Ceramic Microfiltration (CMF) system for this specialty metals fabricator. The CMF system continuously treats water from their metals parts washer. Suspended solids, metals, oils and other contaminants are removed by the CMF and are sent to a separate process for treatment and disposal. The filtered water is clean enough to be reused.
This system is an example of a compact, skid-mounted system incorporating many of Kemco’s standard features such as automated clean-in-place, self-diagnostics and remote internet-based monitoring. This system is ideal for electro-plating and other metal finishing plants needing to upgrade their waste for compliance or water reuse.
Meet us at WEFTEC September 29 – October 2, 2014 in New Orleans! Booth #7739