Gilghi, Ampcontrol's innovative off-grid containerised water treatment solution, has been announced as the Newcastle divisional winner in the 2020 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA).
Developed by Ampcontrol in conjunction with project partner Aurecon, Gilghi is an innovative off-grid water treatment plant that cost effectively provides clean drinking water for remote communities.
The reverse osmosis water treatment plant, with standalone hybrid power supply consists of high quality water treatment equipment, solar photovoltaic panels, a back-up diesel generator and battery storage, and is designed to meet the demanding environmental conditions of the isolated communities in which it is installed.
Making a Difference in Gillen Bore
Gilghi's first installation was in the remote community of Gillen Bore, 75km from Alice Springs, which until Gilghi's installation in 2019 relied on the daily truck transport of drinking water from Alice Springs.
This transformative technology has had an immediate impact on the local community of Gillen Bore who now have immediate access to locally sourced, great tasting and contaminant free drinking water.
"We are incredibly proud to be playing a role in delivering a sustainable water solution to communities in need through the innovative design and advanced technology of Gilghi", Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson said.
"For remote communities access to clean, safe drinking water can't be taken for granted.
"The Gilghi unit is designed to be serviced and supported by the people in the communities it serves, making a meaningful improvement to people's lives."
Gilghi's potential for solving water quality issues in Australia and internationally cost effectively in remote areas of the world is enormous.
Supporting Clean Water, Power and Communication for Remote Communities
Recognising the critical importance of reliable water, power and communication for remote communities, Ampcontrol and their member company CPS National have specialised in developing such infrastructure tailored to the demanding environmental conditions and isolation of these locations.
Their range includes off grid and stand alone power systems (SAPS), communication and water treatment solutions specifically designed to service the needs of remote communities and efficiently support remote operations.
The SAPS solutions are self-sufficient power generation systems designed to provide a continuous, reliable power supply to isolated consumers.
Replacing traditional pole and wire grid connection, SAPS uses an array of technology including solar PV panels, inverters and battery storage to supply a consistent, clean, off-grid power source.
The integration of a backup diesel generator also ensures continuous and autonomous operation.
Digital hub off-grid, remote connection kiosk links those living in remote communities to the services provided by reliable internet access and communication links.
Like Gilghi this reliable, customisable and scalable solution is a shipping container kiosk, minimising siteworks for fast installation.
Through their remote power, communication and water treatment solutions Ampcontrol and CPS National continue to support remote communities to access better health and wellbeing as well as local resilience and employment.