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Energy-independent facility a win-win for Metropolitan

Metropolitan’s MetroGreen energy-independent facility features the latest advancements in Green technology.

 
At Metropolitan we’ve always said we’re committed to developing “Green” technologies, but nothing demonstrates this dedication more than our MetroGreen energy-independent facility. Located on-site at our headquarters in Romeoville, Ill., MetroGreen serves as a facility where both Metropolitan employees and visitors can learn basic and advanced concepts of Green technologies.

“We conceived the idea to develop MetroGreen around three years, with the end goal of not just educating visitors, but ourselves as well,” said Metropolitan’s Dick Harned. “We discussed acquiring Green products from some of our distributors via donations to use in the facility, and the idea was well received. Just a few months after we constructed the idea, everything was in place and we were conducting tours.”

Some of the energy-independent features of our MetroGreen site include:

Rainwater harvesting system: Water from the gutter system fills a 1500-gallon harvest tank needed for storage. A booster pump runs on either AC power or solar power depending on the homeowner’s preference. The system also includes a filter system, which removes 99.9 percent of contaminants before entering MetroGreen.

Solar and/or wind powered water well: Water well operates by using either wind or solar power, completely off the electric grid. Water well is only used when rainwater is not available.

Wastewater treatment system: A 500-gallon per day, three-step treatment system:

• Step one: Waste moves through trash tank for removal of any non-biodegradable materials.

• Step two: Tank allows for 3.5 CFM of diffused air that promotes the growth of aerobic bacteria that breaks down waste.

• Step three: Pump tanks to drip irrigation system located in field for release – drip line allows ½ gallons per hour into soil about 8 inches to 10 inches below the surface.

The wastewater treatment system feeds directly into the drip irrigation system.

 
Solar heating system: Solar bulbs turn sunlight into usable energy to heat water. Solar system heats water tank for distribution to fixtures and radiant floor heating system, if needed.

Standby natural gas boiler: Backup system for radiant flooring and domestic hot water heater. Boiler is high-efficiency, condensing-type and provides supplemental heat to solar system.

Automatic charging sink and fixture: When motion is sensed, sink will run and automatically charge battery that runs the motion sensor. Sink saves hundreds of gallons of water per year. Water-saving toilet uses less than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

Sump and Sewage Backup System: Powered by SUMPRO® backup system.

In addition to these products, we have recently added new features MetroGreen, including a solar-heated hot tub, LED lighting and products from our Ion|StormPro® product line.

Harned said the recent addition of products reflects the changing nature of the Green market and that alternations will continue to be made to MetroGreen as new technologies are introduced.

“From the time we developed the concept to present day, this project has always been a work in progress in learning about Green products,” said Harned. “As new innovations are commenced, we will continue to update MetroGreen as a training module for the Metropolitan family and for our customer partners.”

While this development has been a monumental commitment for Metropolitan, it has given our employees a plethora of knowledge of Green products to work with, allowing us to expand our product base and expertise into new areas to better serve our customer partners.

“Our employees have certainly been big beneficiaries as MetroGreen’s development has progressed along the years,” said Harned. “We’ve been able to attain a great deal of knowledge regarding Green products, which has assisted us in developing a product line of applications designed to save energy and utilize renewable sources of energy.”

The other primary beneficiaries have been our customer partners and visitors.

“Many of the visitors we’ve had taking tours have a knowledge base of Green technology that only scratches the surface,” said Harned. “Our facility and sales staff can help visitors leave more informed and may ultimately assist them in deciding what Green products to invest in. It has been a win, win project for us.”

Full tours of our MetroGreen energy-independent facility will be available during our Open House on October 11, 2012.

For more information regarding MetroGreen, facility tours and Metropolitan’s Green products, please contact 815-886-9200 or sales@metropolitanind.com.

New SUMPRO® to be introduced next year

Continuing our residential flood control series, the name SUMPRO® has been synonymous with dependability for over 20 years. UL recognized and a favorite among contractors, plumbers and homeowners around the country, the SUMPRO® battery backup system is the premier fully-automatic auxiliary power source available.

Performance tested for optimal functionality, SUMPRO® systems can be used in conjunction with pumps of the published horsepower ratings.

“What makes SUMPRO® such a high-end piece of equipment is its ability to take DC battery power and convert it into 115 VAC power,” said Metropolitan salesperson Brian Drafke. “This allows users to eliminate unreliable 12 VDC powered pumps and continuing using a standard 115 VAC pump without any modifications or piping changes.”

SUMPRO® systems install in minutes as users simply plug units into a standard wall outlet. Once detected, SUMPRO® will continue to use utility power until a power failure is detected. When a power failure is detected, SUMPRO® will instantaneously begin to supply standard household electricity to any connected appliances. Once utility power is restored, SUMPRO® automatically switches your appliance back to utility power and immediately begins to recharge its internal batteries in anticipation of the next power failure.

“Unlike some uninterrupted power supplies, SUMPRO® is designed to handle inrush power demanded by pumps,” said Drafke. “Without proprietary programming, SUMPRO® can start pumps even in long power outages when the battery power has diminished. The testing we’ve conducted has shown significant additional run times due to this feature.”

The typical installation of a SUMPRO® battery backup system.

 
SUMPRO® has input levels of 60 Hz, 120 VAC and 12 AMP, and output levels of 120 VAC and 15 AMP at a .80 service factor. Units can be shipped anywhere and come with a full one-year guarantee.

For premier performance, SUMPRO® can be combined with Metropolitan’s maintenance-free AGM Power+ batteries. By adding an extra set of Power+ batteries, users can double or triple their run times.

In addition to SUMPRO®, Metropolitan’s residential division offers full packages which include battery backup systems, pumps, float switches and pump controllers needed for complete flood protection.

As we move forward and continue to introduce new products into the markets we serve, we’re excited to announce a new and improved version of SUMPRO® will be introduced in 2013.

New features include an LED screen, which displays critical system information, an improved charging circuit and more. Metropolitan has also developed a new line of batteries which, when combined with the new version of SUMPRO®, will give users an increase in run time by 25 percent.

The new SUMPRO® will be introduced next year and includes many new features.

 
Most important, the new SUMPRO® will offer users the ability to work in conjunction with the latest green technologies.

“What’s most exciting about the new model is that it comes with both solar and wind inputs,” said Drafke. “This further adds to the diversity of SUMPRO® and opens the door to new users who can benefit by utilizing the product.”

For more information regarding the SUMPRO® battery backup system and our residential division, please visit the official website of SUMPRO® or call 800-323-1665.

Equipment Upgrades Bring Pump Station Efficient Operation

In addition to the equipment we supplied to the Joe Orr Road Lift Stations of Chicago Heights, Ill., Metropolitan was also chosen to supply equipment to the 71st Street Stormwater Pump Station in Bridgeview, Ill.  The control and power distribution equipment was housed in a prefabricated concrete building with outside dimensions of 10’6” in length and 10’4” in width.

The addition of variable frequency drives will provide the pump station with efficient operation, which will lead to energy savings for the customer.

 
Three Hydromatic model S12L4000 non-clog pumps with 100’ cords and silicon carbide seals were supplied.  Each pump has a capacity of 3142 GPM at 29.2’ TDH for a total pumping capacity of 9,426 GPM when operating in parallel.  Each motor is rated at 40 HP, 1150 RPM, 460 volts, 60 Hz and three phase.  A 125 kW natural gas, sound attenuated Caterpillar generator was also included in the equipment package.

Metropolitan’s Keith Girup said Metropolitan was contacted to take part in the project at its inception, and that the eventual place where the building would be placed and function had much to do with its overall design.

“This pump station is on the southwest side of Toyota Park on 71st Street in Bridgeview where an IDOT viaduct is being constructed so that traffic can flow under the railroad tracks,” said Girup.  “The pumps will displace stormwater during rain events to prevent the viaduct from flooding.”

Girup said additions of variable frequency drives and enhanced controls with SCADA components will provide the municipality with both energy efficient operation and alarm notification if procedure encounters a malfunction.

Control upgrades were made at Metropolitan and the building was shipped fully assembled and ready for installation.

 
“This station has been designed with variable frequency drives which will vary the speed of the pumps to match the rainfall event,” said Girup.  “By varying the speed of the pumps, the motors will only consume the amps needed to match the influent rate, thus saving on electrical costs.”

For more information, please contact Keith Girup at 815-886-9200, ext. 264 or sales@metropolitanind.com.

What about Green?

As a system supplier of wind, solar, water harvesting and gray water recycling sytems, Metropolitan Industries has taken a leadership role by educating and helping contractors, plumbers, engineers and inspectors navigate their way through this new frontier of opportunity.

Company raises Green awareness

By: Joseph Sanchez
As energy prices rise and our limited resources such as water continue to dwindle, our Federal and State governments are considering many new technologies to reduce consumption such as rain water harvesting, gray water recycling and solar domestic hot water heating.
According to an article on Forbes.com, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on July 9 announced rules that will finally allow developers of wind, solar and other green energy projects to apply for a total of $3 billion in federal grants to cover upfront project costs. The article states that under Treasury Department guidelines, the Department of Energy will disburse cash grants worth 30% of upfront costs for projects that start construction by the end of 2010. This funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be critical to boosting the demand for these technologies.
As a system supplier of wind, solar, water harvesting and gray water recycling systems, Metropolitan Industries has taken a leadership role by educating and helping contractors, plumbers, engineers and inspectors navigate their way through this new frontier of opportunity.
This proactive stance inspired the company to construct a 2000 sq. ft. working indoor/outdoor “green” display facility in 2008, known as Metro-Green, that allows association groups, universities, government leaders, decision makers and others the chance to witness all green technologies available and installed under one roof. It takes theory to a whole new level by actually applying it in the field for all to see.
Touring Metro-Green is one aspect of an intensive seminar conducted by the company at their headquarters once a month. The purpose of the seminar is to educate contractors, facility managers, architects, engineers and inspectors about the available types of green systems, how they work, best installation practices, available tax credits and/or rebates for green installations, and various plumbing codes related to green systems or the lack thereof.

A recent visit by memebers of the Illinois Plumbing Inspectors Association recently was a unique opportunity to address and inform inspectors of the need to adopt and legislate an enforcable set of codes related to green pumping applications.

A recent visit by members of the Illinois Plumbing Association this summer was a unique opportunity to address and inform inspectors of the need to adopt and legislate an enforceable set of codes. Of course, it is up to each individual state, not the inspectors, to adopt a code but the spread of awareness is effective, given the fact that technology is outpacing regulation. Currently, only four states have published guidelines regarding  water harvesting and gray water recycling. Those states are Virginia, Texas, Oregon and Hawaii.
Engineers, Architects and Contractors working in the United States without official code to regulate gray water reuse and water harvesting/reuse only have informal guidelines to guide them as published in the Uniform Plumbing Code of 2009, International Plumbing Code of 2009, The American Water Works Association for reclaimed water and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers in regards to gray water reuse systems.
As these water re-use applications gain more and more popularity, the states will eventually catch up with some type of code to regulate their installations. Metropolitan Industries will continue to be an advocate for education and awareness and encourages all who are interested to visit www.MetroGreen.US or www.greenwatersystems.us. The company hopes that their working exhibit can help set an example as a possible standard moving forward. To schedule a private tour of our Metro Green Energy and Water Independent facility visit the www.MetroGreen.US or call Joe Sanchez at 815-886-9200 ext. 260.

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