Grundfos to clean and recycle own wastewater

No contaminated sewage will make it into nature, when the new wastewater treatment plant opens at Grundfos in Bjerringbro. The system collects and cleans wastewater from the paint plant, making the water clean enough for another round of production.

The closed-loop facility is part of Grundfos’ goal to cut 50 per cent of its water consumption by 2025 compared to 2008. It is also one of the company’s efforts to solve global water challenges.

“Sustainability is an integral part of all our products and services. Naturally, this also applies to our factories. The new plant shows how our technology can make a positive difference, and that we take responsibility for our production leaving the smallest possible footprint on the environment. It is one of the ways we contribute to sustainable development goal 6,” says Stéphane Simonetta, Group Executive Vice President, Operations referring to the UN’s global target to ensure sustainable water solutions.

New technology and huge savings
The plant, underway for the past two years, is expected to save 10.000 m3 of water per year – the same as 100 ordinary Danish households consume in one year. Innovative methods make it possible.

“The processing plant is packed with our newest technologies. Using digital sensors, micro filtration, smart dosing and of course of our pumps, we can treat water for painting processes to a level where it can be recycled. The plant is a live-working showcase of how wastewater can be turned into value,” explains Anders Lund Hansen, Senior Manufacturing Director.

The new water treatment plant opened officially on Friday 30 November at Grundfos in Bjerringbro from 14-15, featuring speeches from Group President Mads Nipper, Stéphane Simonetta, Anders Lund Hansen among others.