AI, a digital twin for water recycling and the transition to the circular economy


India is a land of rivers and a third of its territory is surrounded by oceans and seas, so why do we need to recycle and reuse water?

“The water sources we have are almost exhausted during the hot seasons. It is important to produce sustainable alternative solutions to manage the water crisis in the country,” says PM Ravikumar, India Managing Director, SOLIDWORKS & 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS at Dassault Systèmes.

As 37.7 million Indians are affected by waterborne diseases every year, WAE, an equipment manufacturer with a strong foundation in science and research that aspires to be the global water solutions company the most respected, provides technology for water purification. WAE has saved 10 trillion liters of water through its sustainable product portfolio.

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With the adoption of 3DEXPERIENCE Works from Dassault Systèmes, WAE creates products and solutions in line with the principles of the circular economy. 3DEXPERIENCE Works has simplified predictive and prescriptive analysis and real-time monitoring of water treatment data to develop innovative solutions using AI-powered modeling, generative design and virtual twin technology.

Dassault Systèmes recently strengthened its six-year partnership with WAE to bring to market innovative products for water reuse and recycling. WAE has expanded its product portfolio from point-of-use water dispensers to point-of-use faucets in an effort to limit the water footprint of its customers across India.

“We have made significant progress towards sustainability goals by eliminating 9 million plastic bottles from circulation. Design has been the main differentiator for us and our choice to partner with Dassault Systèmes is a step towards providing sustainable solutions to consumers. Their 3DEXPERIENCE Works enabled design thinking while dramatically improving lean engineering practices. It increased our efficiency by 40%. By 2030, we aim to reduce the use of plastics by 75%,” says Anupam Joshe, MD and CEO, WAE.

“We need data to conceptualize the framework for the sophisticated machines we manufacture for water purification. Also, we need a lot of deliberate inventions about the water itself that comes out of our machines,” adds Ravikumar.

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To make the process more efficient, the number of bottles to be reused is estimated. In the case of the machine itself, the water is purified by the machine to 99.99% purity. This is due to the device, called ROVPD membrane, (Reverse Osmosis Variable Pressure Device), which further leads to a reduction in the percentage of waste water by 30%.

Circular economy: need of the hour

It is estimated that adopting a circular economy has the potential to bring annual benefits to India to the tune of INR 40 lakh crore by 2050. However, the main objective of shifting to a circular economy is to preserve the way of life and forge the path of growth by making it sustainable. The circular economy is also a model of long-term sustainability and economic prosperity for businesses.

“By increasing resource productivity, we reduce costs and effort while improving efficiency. By recycling and reusing, we will fundamentally change the way we produce products and services while creating more value at both the micro and macro level,” says Ravikumar.

“With sustainability at heart, we supported the wave of transformation brought by WAE. Dassault Systèmes’ commitment to improving environmental impacts has been instrumental in helping our customers contribute to the circular economy. As WAE moves towards contactless technology, our partnership confirms that 3DEXPERIENCE Works goes beyond creation. This is the key to creating a safer ecosystem and a better future for all,” says Deepak NG, Managing Director India, Dassault Systemes.

WAE’s focus on external factors and related data such as population explosion, deforestation, lack of energy sources, habitat and species extinction reshapes their strategy towards sustainability.

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