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The innovative WHAM project for sustainable water management

The Pittini Group is involved in the European WHAM project that focuses on the sustainable use of its production plant water resources.

Real actions reducing the environmental impact

The Pittini Group has always been committed to researching new technologies that improve the efficiency of industrial water management in order to increase the rate of reuse. Work on the water systems of the Group’s factories has primarily focused on the purification of water sources to regenerate its quality back to process requirements and feed it back into the plants, thus preventing water from being drained (Zero Waste Water).

In this respect, the WHAM project (RFCS project) is developing an innovative antibacterial water treatment processing system which utilizes fibre optics and ultraviolet light generated by LED lights (which are energy-efficient).

Sustainable water management and reducing water use

In the Pittini Group’s manufacturing sites, water is mainly employed in order to cool the systems and for the processing of semi-finished and finished products. With the objective of reducing the consumption of this natural resource, the WHAM project partners and the Pittini Group have designed a water purification system consisting of dense stainless steel mesh, which is subject to ultraviolet beams which optimises the filtration of any suspended solids circulating in the water systems. This advanced process guarantees high-quality water which can be recirculated throughout the production process. The future goal is to also apply this method to rainwater which will result in additional reductions in water use.

Automation in sustainable water managementua

An additional objective for the Pittini Group is to optimise the management of water flows between the several circuits as a result of the development of an extensive sensor system and the implementation of advanced software to reduce water intake, drainage as well as energy consumption.

Work is currently underway with the partners of the WHAM project to develop Artificial Intelligence-based sensors and implement software to track the water used in industrial processes. In this stage of monitoring, automation and computerisation make it possible to develop an effective water recycling and recirculation system for its subsequent reuse and to reduce energy consumption with the integration of operator activities.

Innovation serving the environment

The Pittini Group, in pursuit of the Zero Waste Water objectives, the project that targets the elimination of water consumption, continues to invest in innovative technologies to reduce its environmental impact.