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08 July 2020

Hydronomic: Complete concept for wastewater recycling

Krones AG | Concerning the treatment of wastewater, Krones has now expanded the horizons of its corporate capabilities to the factory level: a treatment concept has been developed for converting wastewater from the production operation into new process water. This covers all the process steps involved that give rise to wastewater in production.

In this concept, all the process wastewater from the production operation is passed through the existing network of gullies into a central storage basin. From there, any solids it contains are sieved out, whereupon the wastewater is neutralised in a collecting tank. The next step in the process, depending on the size of the system concerned, is traditional-style water treatment. If very sizable quantities of wastewater are involved, it is expedient to use an anaerobic stage: this will then produce biogas, which can be re-used in a unit-type cogeneration plant, for example.

From effluent to process water

Once all the residues have been removed from the wastewater, it needs to be treated to make it suitable again for use as process water. This is where Krones’ Hydronomic water treatment systems come into play. By means of ultra-filtration and reverse osmosis, even the tiniest particles like micro-organisms or salts are filtered out of the water. Following the subsequent admixture of chlorine dioxide in order to disinfect and stabilise the water, it is ready to be used again in the production process.

Krones‘ Hydronomic processing system

The closed-circuit concept enables the water consumption in the production operation to be reduced up to 80 per cent according to the complete-system vendor. The system can not only be installed in new factories, it can also be retrofitted in existing plants.