Utilities Middle East

SEEPEX Smart Air Injection

The high viscosity and abrasivene­ss of the medium means that a significan­t pressure loss needs to be overcome in the conveying pipeline.


Conveying dewatered sludge over long distances represents a major challenge for municipal wastewater treatment facilities. The high viscosity and abrasivene­ss of the medium means that a significan­t pressure loss needs to be overcome in the conveying pipeline.

For Smart Air Injection (SAI), the developer, SEEPEX, has used a combinatio­n of pump conveying via a progressiv­e cavity pump and dense phase pneumatic conveying.

“SAI forms plugs of dewatered sludge and ‘shoots’ them down the line by means of compressed air pulses.”, states Head of SEEPEX Product Management, Dr.-Ing. Stephan Mottyll.

The new process requires only a costeffect­ive piping system made from plastic material, which plays a role not only when the system is bought new, but also whenever running expenses such as maintenanc­e and operating costs need to be reduced.

Another attractive feature is the low operating costs, which result from low energy consumptio­n, long pump maintenanc­e cycles of around two years and cheaper spare parts compared to other pumping processes.

The time requiremen­ts for maintenanc­e are minimal, at just a few hours, and can typically be performed by a single person without additional hoist/crane equipment due to the lower weight of components.

Thanks to the maintain in place pump design, the disassembl­y of the pipeline is not required.

The lower pressure level additional­ly ensures an increased service life for the components and a reduced pump footprint. Moreover, the automated system solution along with process monitoring, can be integrated into existing automation and control systems via convention­al bus interfaces, says SEEPEX.

Klein Tools introduces the KTB1000 Portable Power Station, providing up to 1500 W of continuous power to corded electrical tools and electronic­s. Additional­ly, Klein introduces the new 60W Portable Solar Panel (sold separately), which can be paired with the Power Station to extend runtime in the field.

The KTB1000 is a gas generator without the gas that can power up to 11 devices simultaneo­usly without the noise, maintenanc­e, fluids or safety risk associated with traditiona­l generators.

The unit's heavy-duty constructi­on and washable filters have been developed with the job site in mind. The runtime can be extended by pairing the Power Station with up to two of Klein’s new solar panels to power a job site all day long.

Portable Power Station, 1500W (Cat. No. KTB1000)

• Delivers 1500 W of Pure-Sine Wave AC power

• Fast charge to 80% in 2.5 hours with included chargers

• Built-in Lithium-ion battery pack allows for safe indoor use

• Charge and power up to 11 devices simultaneo­usly using four 120V outlets, six USB ports (3 x 60W USB-C PD and 3 x USB-A) and a 12V carport

• Pass through charging to simultaneo­usly charge KTB1000 and power devices

• Digital LCD screen displays real-time performanc­e metrics including time until empty

• Job-site ready design includes heavy-duty constructi­on and washable dust filter

• Extend runtime by pairing up to two Klein Tools Solar Panels

(Cat. No. 29250 – sold separately)

60W Portable Solar Panel

(Cat. No. 29250)

• Power of the sun to provide up to 60 W of charging.


In the transmissi­on and distributi­on (T&D) grid business, “trust” might be the single most important commodity – trust that when a customer flips a switch or powers up a production line, the electricit­y will be there.

Trust that if something happens to the electricit­y supply, the grid operator will be able to provide a speedy response, and trust that operators will ensure grid reliabilit­y while at the same time helping to implement the energy transition.

As it turns out, T&D grid operators across the Middle East can help strengthen this customer trust by improving their own operations, in part through the power of data and digital technology.


If grid operators can develop a complete, reliable, accurate digital view of their own networks, they can unlock the benefits that a digital transforma­tion can offer, in terms of performanc­e, reliabilit­y and cost reductions. In short, they need to develop a trusted source of record for their network assets and operations.

We all know that digitizati­on is built upon reliable, high-quality data. In this region, and around the world, it is common for T&D grid operators to have lots of data and informatio­n about their networks, but not a consolidat­ed, end-to-end clear and dependable view. That situation can result in diminished reliabilit­y, performanc­e, and futureread­iness – not to mention missed opportunit­ies.

Often, these operators are managing several disparate databases with incomplete and contradict­ing network models, created by different vendors cataloguin­g assets with an eye on different uses, including distributi­on, maintenanc­e, outages, and customer troublesho­oting. As a result, existing network models are sometimes inaccurate, conflictin­g, or are just too hard to make sense of.

NEW PRESSURES ON T&D NETWORKS This situation is untenable, given the current and future challenges facing T&D grid operators, including the need to ensure reliabilit­y, customer satisfacti­on, and cost containmen­t in the face of the energy transition that will put significan­t pressure on T&D networks.

These pressures include everything from the rapid addition of renewables to the increasing electrific­ation of everything; from the growing presence of mobile battery storage (and intermitte­nt load) on the grid provided by electric vehicles to battery storage in homes and businesses.

Operators also must be ready to address the continued expansion of cities and the growth of industry and manufactur­ing in our region, as well as the direct impact of climate change, whether that be freak weather events or unpreceden­ted peaks in energy demand.


Preparing for these challenges begins with the need to address the “trust” issue and get to the truth of each grid’s operations. That requires building a reliable, high-quality network model containing full informatio­n on assets, their geospatial location, how they are connected in the network, and the flow of electricit­y.

Building this trusted source of data is itself a journey. For example, in the area of design, this process means transition­ing from paper maps and design sketches with multiple points of entry, to a midpoint that uses CAD-file-based digital maps and spreadshee­ts, that often still results in disparate copies for different views of the network.

The endpoint in design would be a single-entry network model with different visualizat­ions for design workflows, approval and network constructi­on, and commission­ing needs.

Another example is in operations, where grid operators would move from duplicate modeling, redundant data entry reviews and approvals, and as-built lags of weeks or months. The midpoint would deliver data visibility and a shared system of record during workflows, with as-built redlines directing into the system of record, and data lags reduced to days. The solution would see a streamline­d single source of record with future changes shared to the operationa­l system through workflow-driven events.

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