One man with an energy saving vision

The story of Derceto and Aquadapt began with one man and his vision of how New Zealand’s capital city – Wellington – could achieve major energy savings in its water reticulation by applying sophisticated modeling techniques developed for New Zealand’s national hydroelectricity generation system.

Back in the late 1990s, Murray Kennedy, then a senior manager for Wellington’s Regional Council (now known as Greater Wellington Regional Council), drew on his experience gained in the electricity industry when low water levels in the country’s hydro lakes precipitated a national power crisis. In response, an existing modeling system was further developed so storage of hydro water could be more effectively and efficiently managed and accurate forecasts could be made to ensure supply could meet demand.

“Applying these learnings to the water industry I could see that our current practice of using expensive peak electricity during the day to keep reservoirs topped up was not cost-efficient. There had to be a better way,” Murray Kennedy recalls.  

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Q: What software comes with the Aquadapt system?

Oct 19 2010

A: Typically when you buy Aquadapt software you get the following:

  • Aquadapt realtime Solver running on its own computer(s) with interfaces to your SCADA system(s)
  • Aquadapt Historical Data Server with enough storage to last you decades
  • Operator interface screens, either embedded in the SCADA or in separate Windows
  • Manager interface screens running as an application or on Intranet pages
  • Offline version of Aquadapt Solver, useful for running "what-if" scenarios or looking at the impact changes may have, such as new pumps or changed electricity tariff structure, before they are installed or apply
  • Database server and front end tools for managing the Aquadapt system and its many files, for example the pump curve entry and modification tool
  • Data Cleaner - our proprietary data tool which makes sure telemetry data is verified and corrected before it is stored

And optionally the following:

  • Aquadapt Dashboard - our Intranet-based data visualization tool.
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