Dutch drinking water utility improves pump energy efficiency with smart analytics

Vitens, the largest drinking water company in the Netherlands, has realized energy savings on its critical pumps using Samotics’ SAM4 Energy system in a proof-of-value pilot.

Samotics’ SAM4 Energy system was used to continuously monitor all of the industrial pumps at a drinking water production and distribution facility, analyzing their performance and identifying where electricity consumption, cost and efficiency losses were largest and why. By performing this pilot, the efficiency of a Vitens pump station was improved by more than 7% with an associated reduction in energy consumption, costs and equivalent emissions whilst meeting the same levels of demand. This was achieved by implementing a couple of simple changes to operational settings, based on the recommendations generated by the SAM4 Energy system, meaning that no additional investment was needed by Vitens to improve efficiency of the industrial equipment.

“With water production coming under increasing pressure, we are committed to creating a sustainable future,” said Rein Wuestman, Process Engineer of the Water Expertise Center at Vitens. “Digitizing and automating water network management processes is critical to this approach. Our partnership with Samotics has clearly demonstrated how optimizing pump operations through continuous insights and smart data can immediately reduce energy consumption, costs and emissions – with minimal investment and implementation costs.”

Vitens is now scaling the number of assets monitored by SAM4 Energy.