NEWS RELEASE                                                                                         November 2017

Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Power Plant Environmental Technology Interconnection will expand Wisdom

Wisdom gained in reducing pollutants from power plants can be used to improve municipal wastewater plant performance and vice versa. IIoT promises to interconnect things. Suez, operating a number of treatment plants from a center in France, can be making adjustments to blowers in a plant in Chile to reduce energy consumption and improve nutrient removal. MHPS operating power plants from a center in the Philippines can make adjustments to blowers to improve FGD oxidation in a plant in India.

Data analytics with the help of subject matter experts (SME) can provide guidance to minimize down time and maintenance costs.  However, if the voluminous analytics are made available and utilized in decision systems accessed by disparate plants and industries and if there is sufficient interconnection among SMEs then the decisions will be empowered by the Industrial Internet of Wisdom (IIoW).  The SMEs who focus on a system can them become subject matter ultra-experts (SMUES).

The interconnection among industries is important.  Take power plants and wastewater plants as an example.

  • Municipal wastewater plants could provide the water for use as cooling and process water for power plants
  • Municipal sewage sludge can replace some of the solid fuels used in power plants
  • Co-location of power plants and municipal wastewater plants would allow for waste heat from the power plants to be used for accelerated nutrient removal and sludge drying  in the wastewater plants
  • New methods for mercury removal are equally applicable to  municipal sludge incinerators and coal fired boilers
  • Improvements in liquid, gas and free flowing solids analyzers have applicability to both industries
  • Automation and control system improvements for combustion, scrubbing and liquid solid separation in one industry can be used in the other

McIlvaine has complied Decision Guides on coal fired power:  44I Coal Fired Power Plant Decisions

You can view a recorded presentation on IIoT and Remote O&M for municipal wastewater at

For more information on IIoT and Remote O&M click on N031 Industrial IOT and Remote O&M

We are presently analyzing aeration blower options for nutrient removal at municipal wastewater plants and seeking to identify subject matter experts.  We welcome any suggestions.  Please contact Bob McIlvaine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 847 784 0012 ext. 112