Industrial Water Management is a major theme this year in Frankfurt. You wonder why? Achema Daily has asked the expert: Scientific Advisor Water Technology and Management, Dechema Dr. Thomas Track.
? Dr. Track, Industrial Water Management has been chosen as focal topics at this years exhibition — does it justify its billing?
Track: Of course, it is! Water is of key importance for industry at both national and international level. The increasing pressure to use water efficiently delivers a huge number of opportunities for the process industry and the plant engi-neering industry. In the process industry, the cost of water and energy and operating costs can be reduced. Water, energy and valuable substances can be recovered for production purposes. This in turn reduces the dependence of global production sites of companies in the process industry on fresh water resources and on decisions made by local public authorities on production site restrictions — which are difficult to factor into planning — and increases process reliability. For the plant engineering industry, there is huge potential for added value in industrial water technology in international markets. This is triggered by the increasing complexity of requirements as well as the need for customized plant and plant which in most cases cannot be standardized.
? What are the key new approaches that have brought that focus topic to the fore?
Track: In recent years there has been an increasing tendency in the process industry to close industrial water cycles as far as possible. Industrial Water Management allows companies to increase their cost and energy efficiency consider-ably by closely integrating their production, steam generation and cooling circuit processes, for example. While all this is possible by adopting an integrated Industrial Water Management system, in some cases it might extend beyond the boundaries of the site.
? How will Industrial Water Management change the process industry over the next five years?
Track: In the process industry Industrial Water Management and production processes will become much more closely interconnected.