Accel-o-Fac® Wastewater Treatment System
A COMPLETELY GREEN, NATURE BASED SYSTEM
Zero-to-Low Energy 100% Total On-Site Treatment
The Accel-o-Fac® wastewater treatment system is a proven, green, highly sustainable, nature based system for retrofit or new build applications. Based on the proven facultative biological process, the highly advanced Accel-o-Fac® reliably treats wastewater of all types providing extremely robust, odour-free wastewater treatment with little operator attention or maintenance for truly sustainable, green, low carbon footprint, 100% on-site total treatment producing effluent quality for discharge, reuse and/or irrigation.
A Greener, No-Sludge Wastewater Treatment System
Accel-o-Fac® offers a self-digesting sludge process that requires no pre-screening, sedimentation tanks, clarifiers, sludge removal, dewatering, chemicals or conditioning, and best of all, Accel-o-Fac® requires no routine sludge disposal or the associated lorry tanker traffic in and out of the treatment plant. The secret to unlocking the maximum potential of the facultative biological process is the maintenance and optimisation of the critical layering or zoning of the three biological areas — aerobic, facultative and anaerobic (see diagram below). The Accel-o-Fac® system uses the unique SERIES 3 wind powered/renewable energy aerator/mixers to establish, optimise and maintain this necessary layering for superior optimised treatment performance. This also ensures that all solids fall out undisturbed into a “capped” anaerobic zone for complete digestion at the bottom of the primary treatment cell.
Extremely Low Capex, Opex And Carbon Footprint
Another advantage of Accel-o-Fac® is the extremely low operating cost and truly low carbon footprint. Gurney Environmental is unique in its use of a fully biological process along with zero-to-low energy wind powered aerator/mixers. Overall the system can operate at anywhere from 80-95% less than typical activated sludge systems — a significantly greener approach.
The wind powered SERIES 3 units have been extensively proven in both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and other applications. For decades these units have been used to resolve extremely problematic lagoon-based (WSPs) WwTPs by improving effluent, eliminating odour, disinfecting and cutting energy and other costs.
These many benefits are accomplished with almost zero operating cost by employing renewable energy wind power as the primary energy source and through the use of highly specialised equipment combined with a number of unique design, construction and operation techniques. The net result is a total “optimisation” of a purely biological process resulting in an overall acceleration of the processing rate. This “optimisation” enables Accel-o-Fac® wastewater treatment plants to be smaller than old-fashioned WSP designs — all at zero-to-low operating cost and without the use of expensive and complex conventional mechanical aeration, chemicals or significant manpower.
Enhancing the Facultative Biological Process
Accel-o-Fac® not only boosts natural oxygen transfer, but also provides an ideal quiescent zone for solids settling and self-digestion of the sludge — a fundamental and essential part of the “All-in-One” facultative biological 100% total treatment process.
The Accel-o-Fac® system also eliminates the problems of short circuiting by radially dispersing and distributing the incoming organic load throughout the entire treatment volume. With Accel-o-Fac®, the entire cell volume and surface area are put to work with no dead spots and no “hot” or overloaded spots (such as near the influent area). This alone dramatically increases the processing capacity of the cells enabling it to automatically deal with shock loads.
Self Digesting Sludge
Long term studies prove these systems anaerobically self-digest all organics within the system with the inert materials accommodated for the life of the plant. That can be an important consideration with regulations and concerns regarding sludge disposal and handling. Accel-o-Fac® acheives this important benefit by ensuring correct loadings and detention times as part of the overall design process along with optimised conditions within the system.
CSOs — COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS
Combined sewer systems collect rainwater runoff, domestic sewage and industrial wastewater in the same pipe. Most of the time, combined sewer systems transport wastewater to a sewage treatment plant where it is treated and then safely discharged to a water body — if flows stay within the daily capacity of the WwTP! However, during periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt, the wastewater volume in a combined sewer system can exceed the capacity of the treatment plant. For this reason, combined sewer systems are designed to occasionally overflow and discharge excess wastewater directly to nearby streams, rivers, or other water bodies. These overflows, called combined sewer overflows (CSOs), contain not only storm water but also untreated human and industrial waste, toxic materials, and debris.
Accel-o-Fac® is uniquely designed to handle peak flow and loads automatically without operator intervention, and do so utilising green renewable energy (wind power) for optimisation and aeration. Whether peaks are from tourism, storm events, industrial flow variations or population growth, Accel-o-Fac® uniquely automatically handles the changes without excess costs or intervention.
By design both the primary and secondary treatment cells in an Accel-o-Fac® system are designed for 30-50 days of retention, thereby buffering any typical 3 or 6x storm surge or other peak flow/load event. The windpowered aeration units provide the necessary aeration and optimised biological conditions for full treatment, but do so without any significant ongoing cost, maintenance or increased carbon footprint.
The “secret” to Accel-o-Fac’s® capability to handle dramatic flow/load variations is the essential design. Uniquely, Accel-o-Fac® can operate with virtually no load for extended periods whilst also having the ability to suddenly/instantly handle much larger flow/loads. Accel-o-Fac® cells are designed to handle the maximum average flow/load over a 30-50 day period, but can automatically without operator intervention revert to low-to-zero flow/loads without any loss of performance.
The Accel-o-Fac® facultative biological process has decades of well-proven performance and is considerably more stable and robust under varying flow/load conditions, thereby affording more flexible and stable performance over the years. A truly sustainable, lower carbon footprint option!
ACCEL-O-FAC® RESOLVES COMMON
WSP CRITICAL ISSUES
For over 4 decades, Accel-o-Fac® has been used to resolve extreme problems plaguing countless municipal and industrial WSPs/lagoons. The system is a cost-effective, green method to assure high levels of treatment with the least operator attention and ongoing operating costs. Overall, Accel-o-Fac® offers an extremely low total life cost and true long-term sustainability as compared to other options and systems.
Suitable for Large, Medium and Small Populations
Mechanically & Biochemically Simplified For Reliability, Low OPEX & Capital Equipment Longevity
Accel-o-Fac® is a high-process-rate wastewater treatment system that has been well proven for decades with a variety of municipal and industrial wastewater applications in all types of climates. Accel-o-Fac® employs an advanced and optimised form of a completely biological "accelerated"™ facultative treatment process that adjusts to handle large variations in flows and loadings. Accel-o-Fac® incorporates fast and easy construction techniques, uses little energy, requires exceptionally simplified operator skills, almost no maintenance, and yet turns out effluent quality that can be superior for reuse and irrigation.
Accel-o-Fac® can be designed as a new wwtp such as was done for the Holkham Estate and Village. On the other hand, the Accel-o-Fac® system can be retrofit to existing lagoons where it can solve serious issues, boost performance and in many cases, replace existing expensive aeration.
ADD POSITIVE TSS/ALGAE CONTROL
TYTAN® ULTRASONIC MANAGEMENT
The TYTAN® Titanium Algae Management System is a broadband frequency device designed to transmit ultrasound directly through the water, with an exposed titanium face that cleans itself during operation. This design means that maintenance is minimal, which is important in situations where contact with water is hazardous such as sewage treatment cells. The TYTAN® system covers all frequencies to address a range of algal species and does so without requiring reprogramming for different algal species as some other systems do.
The TYTAN® has a wide range of applications from open waters, irrigation lakes, canals, reservoirs, drinking water systems, sewage treatment lagoons, wetland polishing systems, natural swimming pools, biofilm control and antifouling of boat hulls in marinas.
The system is truly designed and manufactured to “industrial quality” standards for tough industrial applications, and is manufactured of titanium and stainless steel. Each unit covers a maximum line-of-sight area of about 21 hectares.
Example – Australian Retrofits
As an example, South Gippsland Water in Australia partially upgraded their Inverloch wwtp with the Accel-o-Fac system in April of 2014. Through routine monitoring of the conditions of the cell since installation, the utility company reported that not only had they benefited from a 16% increase in average DO, but they have also been able to significantly reduce the operation of the existing electric powered aeration system at the plant. This has provided South Gippsland Water with a 22% reduction in overall energy costs, which will pay for the upgrade within a few years of operation.
South Gippsland Water upgraded the Toora wwtp with the Accel-o-Fac system in April of 2015. Through routine monitoring of the conditions of the cell since installation, the utility company reported that not only have they benefited from a dramatic increase in average DO, but they have also been able to significantly reduce the operation of the existing electric powered aeration system at the plant. This has provided South Gippsland Water with a 72% reduction in overall energy costs, which will pay for the upgrade within a few years of operation.
The Importance of Positive DO Conditions
Accomplishing maximum BOD removal processing rates in a facultative biological treatment system is dependent on maintaining positive DO at all times. With positive DO conditions, the aerobic bacteria will perform at their maximum for a given water temperature. Additionally, odours can be 100% buffered/stripped by an oxygen-rich water column.
Gurney Environmental completed the installation of the primarily wind-powered Accel-o-Fac® wastewater treatment system upgrade for South Gippsland Water in mid 2015. After a year of operation, managers of the wwtp have provided the results of typical DO profiles now being accomplished with dramatically reduced energy, and the results are impressive. The high residual DO levels being maintained by the Accel-o-Fac system now allow the original electric aeration to be shut off for much of the time through the use of a DO controller.
Example – New Construction Project With Negligible Operating Costs for Over 16 Years
Selecting The Best “Total Life” Options
The Accel-o-Fac® wastewater treatment plant for Holkham Hall Estate also serves the Victoria Inn and village at Holkham in Norfolk and has been treating sewage since the spring of 2006 with almost no significant ongoing operating costs.
The Holkham Estate, owned by the Earl of Leicester, includes the Victoria Inn, which is very popular with tourists visiting this part of the country. Previously, the village had been served by septic tanks requiring regular emptying. The Estate had a choice of either sending the sewage to the nearby water company's treatment works via pipeline, remain on septic tanks or treat their own wastewater. The appeal of the unique Gurney Environmental Accel-o-Fac® solution was low energy, no sludge or odour, and effluent water of a quality appropriate for either discharge or potential irrigation reuse on the Estate.
Simple, Low Maintenance Operation
After careful consideration of options, the Estate elected to use the Accel-o-Fac® windpowered system from Gurney Environmental to keep ongoing operating and total lifetime expenses (TOTEX) at a minimum. The plant also includes a simple Septic Reception Station to accommodate septic tanks from the Estate. All septage and solids are transferred to the new Accel-o-Fac® primary cell for treatment and digestion of the sludge. The system is simple, odour free and inexpensive to operate.
One of the key benefits of the system for Holkham was the need for very little operator attention. There has been almost nothing for an operator to do at the plant this last decade short of mowing the grass in the summer. Equipment maintenance includes inspections every 3-4 months. Not much else is required, making the operator's job truly part time!
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17+ Years of Incredibly Low OPEX. No Odour. No Sludge. No Storm Overflows. Holkham Village, Estate and local Inn have enjoyed an amazingly simplified WwTP. The Accel-o-Fac® wastewater treatment plant serves Holkham Estate, the Victoria Inn and the village at Holkham in Norfolk and has been treating sewage since the spring of 2006 with almost no significant ongoing operating costs!
Example – Australian Water Company Addresses Overloaded WWTP With Wind-Powered Accel-o-Fac®
Australian Water utility, GWM Water, completed the installation of an Accel-o-Fac® upgrade to their WWTP at Donald, Victoria using Gurney Environmental’s wind-powered SERIES 3 mixer/aerators on 29 October 2018.
Previously Anoxic/Septic, Overloaded Primary Treatment Cell
Prior to installation of the Accel-o-Fac® retrofit, the WSP primary cell at Donald, Australia was loaded well above what natural reaeration could keep up with (see data block). The pink colour indicated the presence of pink sulphur-producing bacteria indicating anoxic/septic conditions. When the BOD loading exceeds the ability to maintain aerobic conditions within a treatment cell, the powerful aerobic and facultative bacteria become dormant and no longer perform healthy rates of BOD/TSS removal, odour control, sludge digestion and disinfection.
Healthy, Well-Performing Primary Treatment Cell After Retrofit
The installation of the highly-sustainable Accel-o-Fac® retrofit utilising the wind-powered SERIES 3 Aerators/Mixers restored surplus dissolved oxygen (DO) in the upper portion of the primary cell, thereby activating strong aerobic and facultative BOD/TSS processing, odour control, ammonia-nitrogen removal, sludge control and disinfection. By restoring the upper two biological zones — the aerobic and the facultative — the bottom anaerobic zone can now begin proper digestion of all biosolids, thereby eliminating extra accumulated sludge.
For decades, Accel-o-Fac® has proven capable of turning around poorly performing lagoon-based WWTPs, both municipal and industrial, and doing so with zero-to-low energy and almost no manpower or ongoing maintenance requirements.
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Accel-o-Fac® Offers Clear Benefits
Accel-o-Fac® system components are mostly all stainless steel and designed to last the life of the wwtp with virtually no ongoing, costly maintenance or capital equipment replacements.
Little Routine Maintenance
The only routine maintenance for the entire Accel-o-Fac® wwtp is checking the auto-lubrication cartridges every 3-6 months. The result is incredibly low ongoing operating costs over the 20-year life of the wwtp.
Accel-o-Fac® wwtp's require no routine operator intervention. Day-to-day facility operations are reduced to virtually lawn mowing and other general upkeep. The Accel-o-Fac® system will automatically resolve shock and peak flows, self-digests the sludge, doesn't require screening or other labour-intensive operations or costly equipment.
Windpower provides up to 100% of the energy needed for wastewater processing with an Accel-o-Fac® wwtp. Unique wind powered SERIES 3 aerator/mixers have been proven in severe wastewater treatment applications for decades, providing aeration, process acceleration and biological optimisation. An optional electric backup Motor Kit is available activated by wind speed. Cost savings in electricity alone can often pay for entire installations within 2–3 years. Accel-o-Fac® systems process intense wastewater but do so at incredibly low cost.
High Quality Effluent
Water from Accel-o-Fac® treatment systems not only meets rigid standards, it is also better in overall quality due to advanced stabilisation of all biochemistry. This makes it ideal for water reuse options.