Xylem Launches World’s First Wastewater Pumping System with Integrated Intelligence

Flygt Concertor advances sustainability of the wastewater sector with 70% energy reduction, unprecedented flexibility and reduced cost of ownership
May 31, 2016 2:00 PM ET

MUNICH, Germany, May 31, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Xylem, (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most complex water issues, has developed another breakthrough technology, launching the world’s first wastewater pumping system with integrated intelligence at the IFAT 2016 trade show (30 May-3 June). Flygt Concertor a smart, sustainable, interconnected solution, significantly advances the sustainability of the wastewater sector by offering unprecedented flexibility and reduced overall cost of ownership while consuming considerably less energy and ensuring consistent, clog-free wastewater pumping. The system senses the operating conditions of its environment and automatically adapts to pumping conditions to deliver optimal pumping performance.

“Flygt Concertor is another example of Xylem’s commitment to developing innovative and integrated designs that can meet the current and future challenges of the industry,” said Tomas Brannemo, President of Xylem’s Transport business. “This revolutionary new solution represents a step-change in sustainable wastewater management solutions and is a real problem-solver, developed in close collaboration with our customers. Our recent report Powering the Wastewater Renaissance shows that the adoption energy efficient wastewater management technologies can dramatically slash electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions by almost half.”

There is a growing need for technology that optimises the performance and management of pumping systems. Aging infrastructure, increased global urbanization and rising energy costs make sustainable wastewater pumping systems an urgent priority. By 2050, 70 percent of the global population will be living in cities – an urban wastewater challenge on a scale never experienced before. Frost & Sullivan’s report European Smart Pumps Market for the Water and Wastewater Industry* notes that a sustained focus on energy efficiency and a reduction in the total cost of ownership of pumps are likely to lead to increased demand for intelligent pumping solutions. Flygt Concertor can help address these complex challenges in a sustainable manner. 

Fields tests conducted around the world have validated significant benefits that Flygt Concertor delivers including:

  • Energy savings of up to 70 percent compared to a conventional pumping system by consistently operating at the lowest possible energy level.
  • Reduced inventory of up to 80 percent due to flexible performance - the system self-adjusts or can be adapted to suit different conditions, without changing the impeller or motor size. This versatility eliminates the need for pump station managers to keep large inventory stocks.
  • A built-in sump and pipe cleaning function – a world first for a wastewater pumping system delivering clog-free pumping and clean wet wells saving up to 80 percent in vacuum cleaning costs
  • Compact design, reducing cabinet size by up to 50 percent compared to conventional designs

Xylem is committed to developing advanced technologies that advance the sustainability of wastewater management systems. For example, Xylem’s recently launched Flygt 4320 mixer with integrated speed regulation optimises operators’ control over the mixer’s thrust, enabling consistent process results and reduced energy consumption. It is a high efficiency, low-speed, submersible wastewater mixer that can help reduce energy costs by as much as 50 percent.

Flygt Concertor, and the Flygt 4320 mixer, share a rich heritage with other Flygt innovations. The brand is renowned as a market leader in the design of advanced water and wastewater solutions with a 100 year legacy of innovation in pumping, from developing the first submersible pump to designing the non-clogging N-impeller.

The name Concertor is derived from the Latin ‘concentare’, meaning ‘working together to orchestrate harmony’. Flygt Concertor combines IE4 motor efficiency, N-hydraulics, integrated power electronics and intelligent controls that work in harmony with each other, resulting in optimal pumping performance at the lowest cost of ownership. Flygt Concertor will be on display at IFAT at Xylem booth number 451/550, Hall A6.

* European Smart Pumps Market for the Water and Wastewater Industry, Frost & Sullivan 2014

About Xylem
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2015 revenue of $3.7 billion and approximately 12,500 employees worldwide. Xylem was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, North America for the last four years for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide, and the Company has satisfied the requirements to be a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series each year since 2013.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all -- that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xyleminc.com.