Voltea Automotive Paint Line Rinse Reuse Case Study

AUTOMOTIVE PAINT LINE RINSE WATER REUSE

CASE STUDY

INDUSTRY

AUTOMOTIVE

APPLICATION WATER REUSE WATER SOURCE PAINT LINE RINSE YEAR INSTALLED 2016 ANNUAL SAVINGS $1.78M & 6.24M GAL SYSTEM INTEGRATOR PAPSCO

INTRODUCTION & PROCESS DESCRIPTION

The global automotive industry is a significant water consumer with an estimated 39,000 gallons used to produce a single car. [1] A large proportion of this water consumption is attributed to paint lines, where processing equipment must be regularly cleaned, leading to thousands of gallons of water being used weekly. [2] This water is traditionally disposed of as hazardous waste or must undergo extensive pretreatment before disposal; both of which result in high costs. One option to improve the water footprint while reducing operating expense is to treat the water from the paint line rinse baths and reuse it.

[1] Water, water, everywhere in vehicle manufacturing, 6 October, 2014, automotiveworld.com [2] Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the vehicle assembly industry, Christine Galitsky, Ernst Worrell, Ernest Orlando Lawerence Berkely National Laboratory, p46

CAPDI © SOLUTION

Voltea’s CapDI was selected for desalinating paint line rinse water owing to minimal pretreatment requirements. With low energy consumption, high water recovery, fully automated operation, and low operational costs, CapDI delivered an environmentally friendly and favorable business case.

PROVEN RESULTS

Feed water to the CapDI system was taken from a stage 5 paint line and stored in a buffer tank. This water was then passed through a 3 micron nominal bag filter before entering the CapDI system for desalination. Feed water to the CapDI system had a conductivity of approximately 1,200 µS/cm and the target conductivity for purified water was 300 µS/cm. This target was chosen so that purified water would be of similar quality to the raw, city feed water that it would replace. Voltea’s CapDI system was set to a fixed ion removal rate to meet the water requirements. The table on the following page lists a sample of the feed water characteristics sent to the CapDI system, and the resulting purified water that was delivered. Of critical importance, the level of zinc, iron and copper ions in the purified water were decreased by 91%, 97% and 93% respectively, and the concentration of nitrites and nitrates reduced by 89%. Hardness and conductivity were reduced by 87% and 86%, respectively. This desalination process was obtained at an energy cost of <0.9 kWh/m3 (3.5 kWh/kgal) purified water. Most impressively, the addition of CapDI allowed an annual water recovery savings of $1.78M, as explained in the table on the following page!

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