Ready to quench your thirst for action? Join Ampcontrol Group Product Manager Wayne Diemar and Aurecon’s Sachini De Silva on Tuesday 2 June at 11.30am (AEST) at Ozwater’20 Digital. Kicking off the first day of this digital conference, Wayne and Sachini will present their paper titled ‘Project Gilghi – Modular Self Contained Solar Water Treatment Plant for Remote Communities’. Online delegates will have the chance to learn more about the design and engineering behind Gilghi, our remote water unit that uses advance filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution for regional and remote communities. This presentation follows our Australian Water Association (AWA) NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award win for Gilghi earlier this year. National winners will also be announced during the online conference on 11 June at 4.45pm. For more information about securing your registration and to view the full program, head to the Ozwater’20 Online website. To discuss how we can solve your water requirements please contact us. To read the full Gilghi specs and find out more click here.
Groundwater makes up approximately 17% of accessible water resources and accounts for over 30% of our total water consumption. There is a heavy reliance on groundwater by townships, farms and mines across Australia. The makeup of this groundwater, however, varies considerably. Only about 30% of Australia’s groundwater is potable. Salinity is one major factor limiting groundwater use. From brackish to highly saline, groundwater can even be saltier than sea water. Additionally, the presence of high levels of dissolved chemicals and heavy metals within the groundwater indicate treatment is needed to ensure the water is drinkable. As such, water quality testing is critical if groundwater is to be used for anything from irrigation to livestock and human consumption. Testing Common testing includes acidity; which looks for aquatic organisms, turbidity; which measures suspended particulate matter, nitrate, phosphate, pesticides, metals and salinity to name a few. Typical tests includes: pH Temperature Dissolved oxygen Electrical conductivity (EC) Escherichia coli Biological oxygen demand (BOD) Heavy metals Poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) Total Recoverable Hydrocarbons (TRH) Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylene (BTEX) Faecal Coliforms These tests need to be part of a regular and consistent testing regime that involves time constraints and temperature control. Filtration The methods of filtration and treatment required to ensure the water is suitable for human consumption are dictated by the results of these tests. A number of filtration systems are available and are used depending on the source water and test results. Typically a series of filters are used, progressing from the coarsest to the finest. Groundwater by its nature often requires the finest filters to ensure removal of bacteria, viruses, heavy metals and salts. These include: Ultrafiltration: Filter pore size 0.01 micron Nanofiltration: Filter pore size 0.001 micron Reverse Osmosis: Filter pore size 0.0001 micron There are other types of filtration effective in removing water polluting particulate matter, such as sands, screens and multimedia filters. UV disinfection by ultraviolet irradiation removes most bacteria, whilst chlorine disinfection is effective against harmful bacteria. All of these solutions have their place and can be effective for a variety of applications. Once again it’s important to ensure the correct systems are put in place in relation to both testing and achieving the required water quality output. Challenges In Australia the minimum standard for drinking water is outlined by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG). Part of the challenge in more remote locations is addressing the cost and availability of power to drive the appropriate water treatment needed. A major issue has been that if a system is energy intensive, you have to have established power infrastructure in place. The Innovative Alternative Advanced technology, coupling renewable power and small-scale water treatment, has removed the reliance on static infrastructure and is changing the way clean drinking water is delivered to communities. One ground breaking option is a containerised, all-in-one, stand-alone powered water treatment plants that can be delivered to virtually any site across the globe. Remote communities with access to groundwater now have alternate options [...]
The earth’s surface is largely covered in water. In fact, 97.5% of all water on earth is accounted for by our oceans and seas, and as you guessed, and as alluded to in the title, this water is not drinkable. By ducking down to the ocean and guzzling seawater, your body ultimately takes in no water at all, with your body fluids actually depleting. This is the result of osmosis. Simply put, the amount of salt in seawater cannot be removed in the same concentration, so more water (urine) needs to leave the body than has been drank, causing dehydration. Muscle cramps, dry mouth, and thirst will be the resulting dissatisfaction you’ll get. With 10% of the world’s population, some 780 million people, without access to clean drinking water, we have time and again looked to the oceans for answers. For thousands of years desalination has been around albeit using rudimentary techniques. The Romans used clay filters to trap salt whilst Greek sailors boiled water to evaporate fresh water away from the salt. Today we have large desalination plants that provide water to thousands of people. Some of the biggest plants constructed to date are located in Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. In Australia, Perth was the location of our first serious desalination plant. Commissioned in 2006, the plant provides nearly 20% of the city’s water needs. There are draw backs to Desalination plants however. High capital costs, significant maintenance requirements and a shorter operating life than traditional water treatment plants can make their proposition a little less attractive. The good news, however, is that with the rapid improvements in membrane technology and significant innovation taking place in the water space, the opportunity for desalination is becoming more available – and not just for larger cities, but for remote and isolated communities. Desalination in an off-grid location Part of the challenge in more remote locations is addressing the cost and availability of power to drive what is an energy intensive process. Matching the right renewable and off-grid energy with the right desalination system can provide a solution and bring expenses down. Whether using wind, solar, batteries or a hybrid system, both the ability and costs of developing and running such plants is fast becomes a reality. With industry working more and more with advanced technologies and with innovative approaches, we can solve the problem of clean drinking water for everyone. Saltwater? Yes we can. Technology and Innovation working hand in glove to provide solutions. For more information see our remote area water page. Download PDF version
Breakthrough off-grid water treatment unit, Gilghi, has been awarded the AWA NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award. Jointly awarded to Ampcontrol Group and Aurecon, the project utilised the combined expertise of both companies across power and water. Announced at the NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner and Awards Night on 28 February, the awards aim to promote the outstanding work by individuals and organisations in the water industry and recognise innovation and excellence in the technology, business and delivery of water projects. The Gilghi project and resulting award win centred around the deployment of this innovative product to a remote community 70km outside Alice Springs. The unit is a transportable containerised system that works completely off-grid through a 5kW solar PV array, integrated battery system and emergency diesel genset. Aurecon designed the treatment plant containing filters, a reverse osmosis unit and dosing system. The result is over 16,000L of clean and pure drinking water per day for the community that previously had to truck in fresh water at great expense. The Sydney event was attended by Ampcontrol Group representative Wayne Diemar, Gilghi Product Manager, and Aurecon’s Julian Briggs, Design Director – Water and Waste Water. Wayne Diemar said after the win, “To be honest, it was a bit of a shock. I think an award like this is a testament to the greater team across Ampcontrol and Aurecon to bring this much needed product to market”. Event speakers included Jim Bentley, Chief Executive Officer, Water (Deputy Secretary) on behalf of the – NSW Government and Minister for Water Melinda Pavey, Property and Housing, and Carmel Krogh OAM – National President, Australian Water Association. Having won this prestigious award, the Gilghi project will automatically progress to the national Australian Water Awards, which are presented at OzWater on 6 May. Production of further Gilghi containerised water treatment units have commenced in CPS National workshops across Australia. Scalable, transportable, with plug and play commissioning, Gilghi is easily deployable for a wide range of locations and applications. To discuss how we can solve your water requirements please contact us. Read full specs and find out more here.
The 7th Annual Off-Grid and Stand Alone Energy Conference 2020 was held in Sydney this week. CPS National were on hand not only as Technology Sponsor of the event, but also for Queensland State Manager Carl Parnell to present on recent advanced testing techniques available in solar PV testing and analysis. As part of The Energy & Investment Series, the event brought together three leading renewable energy events under one roof. The 6th Annual Large Scale Solar, the 4th Annual Pumped Hydro & Battery Storage Conference, and 7th Annual Off-Grid and Stand Alone Power Conference made up the larger conference. With a host of delegates and speakers from utilities, industry, government and academia, the event showcased the forefront of the current thinking, technologies, challenges and discussions around the changing landscape of energy supply in Australia. A special keynote address was delivered by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull on energy, the climate and realising Australia's renewable potential. Pictured: Eddie Hoade, Andrew Reither, Carl Parnell, Greg Campbell
With expertise across a range of remote power, water and electrical solutions for hard rock mining, we have headed to the inaugural Mine Electrical Safety WA Conference. Delegates can head to the Ampcontrol Group exhibition stand and view our newest product offerings including including the Solar Cube and breakthrough water solution Gilghi. Ampcontrol will showcase Rockstarter, their multi-function outlet starter. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear about the latest developments around fibre optic networking solution H3RO and learn why Australian made oil and dry type transformers are the superior option on a mine site. Ampcontrol Groups’s Oil Services Manager Philip Reilly is presenting his most recent paper at the conference titled: Assessment and Management of Ageing Oil Filled High Voltage Transformers. For more information and to view the full program, head to the Mine Electrical Safety WA Conference website.
We’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming All-Energy 2019 event, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 23 -24. Don’t miss your chance to have a chat with members of our team at our exhibition stand (FF119) to find out more about our latest product offerings including our Solar PV: Analysis and Rectification service, the innovative Solar Cube, our off-grid containerised water treatment plant Gilghi plus a range of other critical and remote power solutions. Australia’s largest national showcase of clean and renewable energy is free to attend and includes a comprehensive conference program with over 200 world class speakers. To secure your free registration and for more information about this must attend event, head to the All-Energy 2019 website.
On 23 August 2019, Ampcontrol Group was recognised for Excellence in Innovation for their Gilghi Remote Water System at the Hunter Business Awards.Sponsored by Pitcher Partners, Ampcontrol’s CTO Tim Wylie accepted the award, which recognises a business that has made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.“As an engineering firm with a long history in the Hunter Region and one who continues to invest in R&D, we’re thrilled to be recognised with the Excellence in Innovation award at this years event,” said Tim Wylie.“We’re fortunate here at Ampcontrol to have the necessary team diversity to not only come up with an idea like Gilghi, but to design, manufacture and deliver an off grid, fully transportable containerised water treatment system.”The win at the Hunter Business Awards comes a day after the successful launch of the Gilghi Remote Water System at the indigenous community of Gillen Bore, 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.As a result of this win, the Gilghi Remote Water System will proceed to the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards to compete for the State’s top innovation honour this November.
Breakthrough water solution provides sustainable clean drinking water to remote indigenous communities in central Australia
Today, the remote indigenous community of Gillen Bore in the Northern Territory showcased for the first time how they are accessing safe, sustainable drinking water through an innovative, new water treatment system developed by Australian engineering company Ampcontrol Group. Through the support of the Northern Territory Government, Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services and Alkupitja Land Trust, the breakthrough Gilghi Remote Water System transforms undrinkable bore water into pure water – providing people in Gillen Bore and surrounding communities with immediate access to clean and contaminate free drinking water. Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services CEO, Skye Thompson, said, “Ingkerreke services over 20 outstations that are reliant on bore water. This project has allowed the concept and opportunity for the improvements of the quality and quantity of water for the outstations in the future. We are grateful to be a part of this pilot project for our ongoing development in Central Australia.” An Australian-first, the Gilghi Remote Water System is an off-grid, fully transportable containerised water treatment system with remote monitoring. The smart combination of solar and battery storage technology to optimise power, and advanced treatment filtering systems designed in collaboration with Aurecon, allow the unit to be fully maintained and supported by the local community. Marking the official opening of the Gilghi Remote Water System, members of the local community, government representatives, media and stakeholders gathered in Gillen Bore to take part in a water drinking ceremony. Tasting the water in Gillen Bore for the first time, Ampcontrol Group CEO Rod Henderson said, “We are very proud to play a role in providing the Gillen Bore community with a sustainable water solution that provides access to clean drinking water. The Gilghi Remote Water System has the potential to be a game-changer, delivering better and safer ongoing water across Australia and the world, and improving quality of life as a result.” “This project could not have happened without the support of the Northern Territory Government, Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services and Alkupitja Land Trust, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to profile Australian innovation and technology,” added Henderson. The Gilghi project is sponsored by the Northern Territory Government through the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development MES Special Purposes Grant.
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