SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT ACQUIRES DERCETO AND CONTINUES ITS DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW SERVICES WATER MARKET

Posted: Thursday 30th October 2014

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, through its subsidiary Ondeo Systems, has finalised the acquisition of Derceto, the world leader in solutions for minimising the energy cost of drinking water production and distribution systems. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, the company has some 20 employees with offices in the United States, Canada and the UK.

Faced with regulatory changes and the rapid rise in energy costs, reducing energy consumption is a priority for local authorities. In response to this challenge, Derceto has developed a solution for minimising energy costs for drinking water utilities. The production and distribution of drinking water is a significant energy consumption item for local authorities as 40%1 of total operating costs are energy-related. Of all the consumption items, pumping can account for up to 80% of those expenses. Connected to a drinking water utility’s monitoring & control system, Derceto’s solution accesses electricity tariffs in real time and updates the forecasts for drinking water demand. Using these forecasts, it derives the optimal pumping strategy for the next 24 to 48 hours, updated every 30 minutes, thus ensuring the highest economic efficiency for drinking water supply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Marketed since 2004, this solution has proven its worth in over 20 installations supplying nearly 20 million residents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain and Asia-Pacific. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated by associated energy costs falling up to 20%.




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