Pilot Plants or Compact Plants: What are they?

When new processes are developed, the chemical engineers determine the primary recipes and necessary conditions of these new processes. Generally, having the data specified in the laboratory is
never enough to fabricate a well-designed plant for production. This is where the Pilot Plants come in.
With the set up of Plantas piloto de tratamiento de agua, the engineers are able to determine the physical and chemical parameters, and also learn about the boundaries of conducive conditions that are used to carry out the complex processes.

In the water treatment pilot plants, bioreactions and chemical experiments, rheological mixing, or crystallization of the demanding media are carefully observed and investigated. That is why Pilot Plants are regarded as one of the essential constructions to be considered before the establishment of a fully-functional water treatment plant. In this article, we will discuss with you the importance of pilot plants
and what are the possible goals that are needed to be determined with a pilot plant set up. Read on to know more!

What are Pilot Plants?

Pilot Plants are the production systems designed on a small-scale level. They are typically established to testify and validate the production or treatment of a particular substance before the final plant is built for the process of commercialization. Characteristically, the main motive behind the creation and operation of a pilot plant is to explore and understand a new technology before loads of money has
been put into the fabrication of a fully-functional factory or a plant for getting ahead with the business.

Pilot plants are technically quite helpful, as with their establishment, the engineers can quickly determine the areas of minor errors, the parts that need to be changed, or they can have an assurance of facing no issues when the bigger project has been built. The lessons learned from a Plantas piloto de tratamiento de agua can facilitate in the creation of data and valuable experience that brings out a result, which is more efficient, commercially viable, and even safer when created on a large-scale level.

Although commercialization is the prime objective taken into consideration when pilot projects are curated, there could be multiple factors that could be determined from these compact or experimental plants. Many complicated purposes can be easily identified from the pilot plants depending upon the
organization and its goals for the fully-completed project. Some of the factors that can be determined
from a pilot plant are:

  • Validation of the Technical Process
  • Factors to be included when scaling up
  • Validation of the economic process
  • Developmental quantities while considering the requirement of the market
  • Production of the samples

The minute differences in the objectives can have significant impacts on the costs, design of the main plant, operation, and scheduling of construction of the original plant. Therefore, with the establishment of a pilot plant, we can quickly determine these objectives and then proceed towards the development
of the water treatment plant on a large-scale basis.

In-depth discussion of the different factors determined from a Pilot Plant:

1-Validating the technical process:

Typically, a complex process is always divided into a series of operational units while a plant is being designed. Each functional unit is then studied and modeled separately for determining the relevant components of the large-scale plant. With the construction of a pilot plant, the engineers have the
provision for testing the control concept and the performance of the equipment as desired, once all the
operational units are connected.

This is one of the essential processes in the case of Plantas piloto de tratamiento de agua as the pilot
plants will help in determining the importance of the recycle streams and demonstrate if the impurities
are being dissolved in the recycle stream or not. Also, pilot plants will help resolve any of the
operational glitches from the initial stages. So when the original plant is built, all the regulations and
safety codes are well taken care of.

2-Scaling Up Process:

Again one of the significant reasons for the establishment of a pilot plant is to determine the technological process before scale-up. Generally, scale-up includes a collection of information and data that are needed to be resolved before a full-scale treatment or production plant is built. While some of
the aspects of the pilot plant can be directly scaled-up, others need more keen attention before we
implement those aspects in the original treatment plant.

In the present scenario, pilot plants are used to bring about real-life data in the implementation of sophisticated model techniques. With the availability of the complex model-making capabilities and the computer-aided technologies, pilot plants serve a tool used for refining and testing the computational
models of the production and treatment plants. Initially, a mathematical model is created for
determining the validity of the pilot plant and also to assess its consistency by comparing it with the
results obtained from computation and the experimental observations.

Once a reliable model has been evolved, which accurately predicts the results of the operating parameters, the computational model can be relied upon as a tool for the development of a treatment
plant on a full-scale basis.

3-Determining the business as well economic process:

New products and technologies are being well-marketed for commercialization, which the investors scrutinize justifiably. The Plantas piloto de tratamiento de agua is a standing proof of the concept used
in the establishment of a full-fledged water treatment plant. And the pilot plant is efficiently used in
mitigating the risks and alleviating the concerns of the investors.

A company will be able to estimate the cost of the raw materials, the yield from operating the plant, or even the production cost from a pilot plant. These numbers play a key role in determining the economic feasibility of a water treatment plant before it is constructed on a large-scale basis.

Bottom Line:

In this article, we have talked about what a Plantas piloto de tratamiento de agua is and what is the
importance of establishing a water treatment pilot plant. We have briefly discussed the factors that can be clearly determined once the pilot plant has been constructed. Also, with the construction of the pilot plant, the investors, as well as the engineers, can have a better idea of what they should be expecting from the bigger project. We hope that this article has been helpful in highlighting the importance of a
water treatment pilot plant.

Have you constructed a Plantas piloto de tratamiento de agua? Well, then this is the correct time to
have a chat with our experts from Keiken Engineering. Our professionals will have a look at your
compact or pilot plants and determine the ways you can efficiently use energy while saving yourself
from hefty bills. We will help you out in the construction of an energy-efficient water treatment plant by
having a close inspection of the pilot plant that you are about to build. To hire our services, you can call
us on +34 91 057 72 54 or drop us an email at info@keiken.es