Several Danish companies are taking part in a ground-breaking upgrade of
a wastewater treatment facility in Chicago, USA. A major upgrade of the
Glenbard Wastewater Facility in the city of Chicago will commence soon with LINAK
contributing their world-class electric actuator technology to allow enhanced
automation and control over valves.
Initiated by the Water Technology Alliance (WTA) in Chicago, the project
aims to lead a transformation in wastewater management all over the USA, ensuring
excess water and wastewater are handled in more effective and sustainable ways.
Peter Vestergaard, Business Development Manager at LINAK says the
project is a great opportunity for the company to prove the robustness of their
actuation solutions to the world.
Designed for durable performance, especially in harsh outdoor
environments, LINAK actuators will support the efforts of AVK, the Danish
producer of valves engaged to provide knife gate valves for the upgraded
Chicago plant. Vestergaard explains that their actuators have already proven
their worth in harsh environments many times.
LINAK actuators are able to deliver exact position feedback and can be
easily integrated with overall control systems, making them perfect for modern
water handling. LINAK actuation solutions are already operating in flagship
treatment plants in Denmark.
When completed in 2019, the Glenbard Wastewater Facility will demonstrate
how innovative Danish technologies can provide more effective and sustainable
In Denmark, wastewater treatment plants filter nitrogen and phosphorus,
thereby leaving the water and the environment cleaner. Energy-efficiency is optimised
so the most modern facilities produce 50 per cent more energy than they consume.
LINAK powered AVK valve solutions help achieve this by reducing operating power
from 220V to 24V.
Danish Trade Council and the Danish Ministry of Environment support the Glenbard
Wastewater Facility project, paying 10 per cent of the development costs. The consortium
of Danish companies also involved in the project includes Danfoss, Grundfos,
AVK, Landia, Nissen Energiteknik and DHI Group.