Compressed Air and Power Solutions Australia (Caps Australia) has been selected as a finalist in the Water & Wastewater category of the 2013 PACE Zenith Awards.
The prestigious annual Zenith Awards publicly recognise and reward companies that show leadership in engineering and technological excellence and innovation in various industry categories. Caps Australia has been selected for the award for their adaptation of equipment to meet the demands of an innovative water recycling project.
Caps supplied four Robuschi ROBOX positive displacement blowers, which are used to aerate water during treatment and provide backwash to clean membrane filters at Yarra Park Recycled Water Treatment Plant in Melbourne. The blowers are in operation 24 hours a day, with two in standby mode.
This multi-million dollar project to construct Victoria’s largest underground recycled water treatment plant at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) had tight constraints for installation and access. The design and construction requirements stipulated minimal impact on Yarra Park, which was met by burying the plant underground in a 12 by 4.8-metre diameter structure though it increased the constraints on the equipment that could be used.
According to Sri Srinivasan, Product Manager - Blowers at Caps Australia, the blower solution had to fit into the very confined space in the ‘bunker’, with the four units installed side by side with very little space between them. He explains that service access normally occurs at the back and sides of machines but the constraints of the site meant the selected machines had to have maintenance access and control via top and front panels.
The Caps blower solution is one of the key parts of the treatment plant and it is not uncommon to see engineering students in the bunker, learning how the Caps solution, plant design and other key equipment are dramatically reducing water usage at the MCG.