PROCESS: Please elaborate on the water and energy nexus in power plants.
DR RAO: Water is ubiquitously used as the chosen medium of heat transfer in industry. It is especially true of the power industry, where it is directly connected to the production of the end product, namely, power. The many areas where water touches energy production in power plants include proper feed-water treatment to ensure boilers are operating efficiently, management of feed water, internal treatment and condensate system treatment to ensure minimum energy leakage through inefficient operations, proper operation of surface condensers for condensation of steam for optimal turbine operation and efficient power generation, and use of heat exchangers for blowdown heat recovery.
Flexible Water Management is Essential For Energy Efficiency
PROCESS: Kindly elucidate on how water and energy can be optimized in a chemical plant using 3D TRASAR technology.
DR RAO: Conditions in an industrial plant are highly variable. Whether it is water quality, mechanical condition of unit operations or system load, things are constantly changing.
The traditional industrial approach to this problem has been to treat the systems assuming the worst case scenarios, which is wasteful of chemicals at best. What is worse, if dynamic 24/7 information is not available, customers are likely to take the safe option by operating their systems far from the maximum possible efficiency which results in wastage of water and energy. 3D TRASAR technology was designed to overcome these limitations.
The technology detects system parameters 24/7, determines the appropriate course of action instantly through proprietary algorithms, treats the system with an optimal combination of chemical, mechanical and operational parameters, and keeps system stakeholders informed through the Internet. All this automation is combined with world-class chemistry and on-site service. This results in optimal performance all the time, efficient water and energy use, and peace of mind.
PROCESS: Take us through the current areas of research undertaken at Ecolab
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