http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.14Change: -0.15
R/$ = 12.05Change: -0.20
Au 1200.03 $/ozChange: -6.12
Pt 1139.50 $/ozChange: -16.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
May 06, 2011

Independent power supply generator launched

Back
Engineering|Africa|Cable|Design|Education|Generator|Industrial|Lighting|Pipe|PROJECT|Pumps|SECURITY|Stainless Steel|System|Systems|Training|Water|Africa|Energy|Equipment|Maintenance|Power Generation|Power-generation|Product|Steel|Systems|Power|Water|Cable|Pipe|Valves
Engineering|Africa|Cable|Design|Education|Generator|Industrial|Lighting|Pipe|PROJECT|Pumps|SECURITY|Stainless Steel|System|Systems|Training|Water|Africa|Energy|Equipment|Maintenance|Power Generation|Power-generation|Steel|Systems|Power|Water|Cable|Pipe|Valves
engineering|africa-company|cable|design|education-company|generator|industrial|lighting|pipe-company|project|pumps|security|stainless-steel-company|system|systems-company|training|water-company|africa|energy|equipment|maintenance|power-generation|power-generation-industry-term|product|steel|systems|power|water|cable-product|pipe|valves
© Reuse this



Valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) Water has launched the X143HP hydropowered generator, which offers independent power supply for electrical equipment such as telemetry and lighting in valve chambers at reservoirs and pressure-reducing stations.

The product provides power by using the pressure drop across a pressure-reducing valve or level control valve to run a generator. Its compact design adapts to small, pre-existing chambers or new installations and supplies up to 280 W at a differential pressure of 60 psi or 2 bar.

The X143HP generator fits all types of level control valves at reservoirs and pressure reduction valves at pressure-reducing sites, says DFC Water marketing manager Charl Myburgh.

Applications for the generator include providing power to electronic control valves, monitoring equipment, sump pumps, lighting and pressure management equipment and remote telemetry units.

Smart intelligent systems, demand or water-loss management systems and security systems in these chambers can also be powered by the generator.

The product, which can be retrofitted without tapping into the pipeline or removing the valve, is ideal for sites where it is difficult or cost prohibitive to obtain electrical power.

“Power generation in South Africa is not as efficient as it should be and experiences many setbacks, such as downtime, cable theft, solar panel theft or maintenance challenges,” he says.

A possible solution is for reservoirs to install batteries in their chambers to produce power. However, these will need to be replaced regularly by qualified people going from site to site, which can be labour intensive and impractical.

Stand-by batteries are incorporated in all installations, with up to eight 12 V power packs. Additional power is drawn from the bank when the system load exceeds the power supplied by the power generator. Excess power produced during times of low load is used to recharge the batteries, says Myburgh.

DFC Water has installed one generator, with the client looking at acquiring six more units. The company believes that feedback from the water sector has been positive.

DFC Water is the sole African distributor of the X143HP hydropowered generator, which is manufactured by US-based automatic control valve producer Cla-Val.

Further Education
Meanwhile, DFC Water’s R1-million overall valve demonstration facility, located at its premises in Benoni South, has trained over 550 persons from various industries interested in learning about water processes, since it was launched 18 months ago.

The demonstration facility was launched in early 2010 for training purposes and has a full working model of a water pipeline.
The programme covers various water-related processes through theoretical technical seminars, followed by live demonstrations, tests and practical experiments on the model, says Myburgh.

Further, DFC Water has trained about 110 civil engineering students, as part of the practical training segment of their degree, through the company’s partnership with the Univer- sity of Pretoria.

Project Updates
DFC Water has completed the second and final phase of a R9,5-million valve supply contract for public works authority Ashghal, in Qatar.

Sixty 250 mm Vent-O-Mat sewage air release and vacuum 316 stainless steel valves were supplied for the Doha North sewage treatment and pumping works project, in Qatar, in two phases, each comprising 30 valves.

The first phase of the con- tract was completed in late 2010.

With a design capacity to treat wastewater of up to 439 000 m3/d, the Doha North sewage treatment and pumping works is the largest greenfield wastewater treatment, water reuse and sludge treatment plant in Qatar and the Middle East, DFC Water MD Brian Holford tells Engineering News.

The air valves are being used in the main pumpstation, which will be the main collection point for all sewage generated in the north of Doha. This will then be pumped to the Doha North sewage treatment plant by way of a 20 km section of a 1,6-m-diameter pipe- line.

Further, the treated sludge can be used as organic fertiliser or as a supplementary source of energy and, apart from irrigation, the treated water from the plant will also be used for various industrial purposes.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Valves News
Global electronic, mechanical and industrial equipment distributor RS Components has significantly expanded its pneumatics, hydraulics and power transmission portfolio by entering into a deep strategic partnership with pneumatic manufacturing company SMC Pneumatics.
BROADENING INDUSTRY The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa Expo provides an ideal platform for suppliers to reach new and existing markets and explore business opportunities
Global forecasts of increased growth in the pumps, valves and pipes sector reflect market realities and include predictions of growth in Africa, which is evident in the strong industry support for the forthcoming Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVPA) Expo, which takes...
DIVERTER VALVE The series-725 diverter valve is designed to deliver significant time and cost savings in the field
A mining-specific diverter valve, designed to improve the efficiency of paste backfill operations, is experiencing significant interest in the South African market after being launched in the country at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which was held from...
More
 
 
Latest News
South African mining and energy adviser Ted Blom has raised a litany of concerns about the state of power utility Eskom and has warned of runaway costs and shortfalls in coal and water, as well as rail capacity. Blom was surprised by the recent buoyancy shown by...
JSE-listed Astrapak will sell specialised packaging systems manufacturer Knilam to Mapflex SA for R17.7-million. The proceeds would be used to reduce Astrapak’s current level of gearing.
The last of the 26 mooring units comprising the Port of Ngqura’s automated mooring system (AMS) have arrived at the port and are expected to improve port efficiency and safety, further driving the Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) objective of establishing...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement...
Information and communications technology (ICT) distributor DCC is making Windows- and Android-operating systems tablets available through retailers and education equipment suppliers to provide school children with affordable, high-performance education tools. The...
Another cement manufacturer is set to enter the Ugandan market, raising hopes that prices will come down and spur growth in the construction industry. National Cement, a Kenyan manufacturer, has unveiled plans to invest $195-million in a new manufacturing plant in...
With growth rates exceeding that in the developed world – at an average of between 4% and 5% between 2002 and 2014 – African countries provide investors with ample reason to tap into booming consumer demand says Manufacturing Circle executive director Coenraad...
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) decreased by 3.7 index points month-on-month to 89.1 in March.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96