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Pioneering solutions for the world of tomorrow

Wilo at the IFAT 2018

From 14 to 18 May 2018, the world’s leading water management experts will convene at the IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair for water, wastewater, waste and raw materials industry in Munich. The global trends of water shortage, urbanisation, expanding agricultural production, climate change and the increasing scarcity of resources pose great challenges for the water management sector. Efficient and reliable systems are needed to accommodate the increasing demands on water supply and wastewater treatment. To deliver these systems, smart, digital solutions are becoming increasingly important in the water management sector. Wilo, the Dortmund-based global technology company, will present new individual solutions that will enable a future-safe and smart use of the increasingly scarce resource that is water.

Climate change, a continuously growing urban population and rising water consumption call for new solutions in the field of water management. According to the UNESCO World Water Development Report 2018, almost half of the world’s 3.6 billion human inhabitants already live in regions that are threatened by a water shortage at least every month. This number is forecasted to grow to 5.7 billion by the year 2050. Furthermore, the effects of climate change are expected to become glaringly obvious around the middle of this century: Regional changes in precipitation intensity and increased water evaporation due to higher temperatures will further impact on the availability of water.

Greater challenges for consultants, operators and engineers

Higher water consumption, increased solids content in sewage, high energy prices, long-term operational reliability and products which are barely accessible and thus difficult to monitor and maintain, are just a few examples of the growing list of challenges faced in water management. Wilo has responded by offering customised and increasingly digital solutions that can keep up with the progressing digitalisation of water management: “The use of digital technologies allows us to optimise complex water management systems and to improve their accessibility. This way, we ensure that new and existing infrastructures fit for the present and stay fit for the future. Thanks to the latest sensor technology and IT, our systems can identify changes in environmental conditions and requirements and, for example, autonomously adapt themselves by adjusting the power adjustments or flow rates”, explains Thomas Lang, Head of Water Management at Wilo.

Targeted solutions instead of isolated products

The projects in the field of water management are diverse: from agricultural irrigation in barren regions to sewage transport in densely populated cities and biological treatment in wastewater treatment plants. This is why the Dortmund-based company is presenting itself as a solutions provider rather than a pump manufacturer at this year’s IFAT: “Rather than thinking in terms of individual products, we focus on solutions that are designed to address a specific issue”, Lang expands. “In Munich, we will present a new and intelligent connectivity system that we developed with this notion in mind.”

Autonomous water extraction using renewable energy

Wilo increasingly relies on sustainable methods for water extraction, i.e. by integrating renewable energy sources. The use of renewable energy sources is a contribution to preserving our resources, but also to an efficient water supply in regions with challenging climate conditions. The autonomous energy supply allows for these solutions to be implemented in rural areas with only minimal infrastructure, where they can provide reliable access to clean drinking water for more people. Intelligent control and monitoring modules offer additional support for the reliable and resilient supply of drinking water.

Wilo will present its new solutions at the IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair and platform for innovation, in Munich from 14 to 18 May 2018. We look forward to your visit to the Wilo booth in hall B1, booth no. 251/350.