Upgrades to keep 125m gallons moving daily
In an era of climate volatility, it becomes increasingly important to upgrade infrastructure and make cities more efficient and resilient. Mike D’Angelo, U.S. national sales manager for Timken Power Systems, talks about the important work of ensuring uninterrupted potable water supplies to populations in need.
As U.S. national sales manager for Timken Power Systems (TPS), Mike D’Angelo understands the critical need for water and the infrastructure required to deliver and recover water for municipal populations. In an era when cities are looking to lighten their carbon footprint, cut costs, and move away from fossil fuels, his team helps city planners design efficient energy systems to run that infrastructure.
Wastewater treatment offers its own source of renewable energy in the form of methane — a natural byproduct of the treatment process. Old style plants use diesel to power the system, and vent and burn the methane. With today’s technology however, you can use methane to power the plant and eliminate diesel altogether. The entire plant must be revamped and electrified, however. That’s where TPS — and D’Angelo — come in. TPS brings Timken products together to provide packaged solutions.
A Major Metropolis Upgrades its Infrastructure
In 2012 New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced a multi-million-dollar upgrade to West Harlem’s North River Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility.
Engineering firm Black and Veatch contacted D’Angelo’s team to develop a gear drive specification for the project. Gear drives were just one piece. “They needed to electrify the entire pump and powertrain system to support a methane power source,” says D’Angelo.
To meet this need, the Philadelphia Gear team collaborated with other motor facilities in the TPS service center network to help develop a complete drive train solution. Schulz Group would supply electric motors and controller systems while Smith Services would provide expertise in engineering calculations and design support.
With electrical components, Philadelphia Gear drives and Timken® tapered roller bearings, the TPS team created a complete system to electrify North River.