Discussion to Highlight Treatment of Cooling Tower Blowdown Water with Membranes in a Zero Liquid Discharge Power Plant
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., October 31, 2012 - Power plant operators around the world are upgrading traditional water treatment systems in an effort to improve the efficiency of plant processes and lower customer costs. Microfiltration membrane technology is a proven method of achieving this goal. At the International Water Conference (November 4th-8th) in San Antonio, Texas, topic experts Marvin Drake of the Indiantown Cogeneration plant in Florida and Dr. Ram Venkatadri of Pall will present a paper discussing the latest membrane technologies that can help power plants reduce costs and improve processes. The paper was also co-authored by Spence Wise and Narasimha Charan, both sales professionals at Pall.
The low-pressure Pall Aria(TM) microfiltration system at Indiantown cogeneration plant is fully automated. (Photo: Business Wire)
The Pall/Indiantown paper, which will be presented Monday, November 5, will highlight the plant’s efforts to incorporate membranes to treat the blowdown from their cooling tower. The plant required the flexibility to use different combinations of makeup water, including surface water, treated municipal effluent, and high TDS (total dissolved solids) well water.
“The need for improvements in water footprint along with continuous cost reductions has made the reuse of process and waste water in power plants increasingly important,“ said Dr. Venkatadri, global marketing manager at Pall. “The trend of the future is towards complete zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plants and the deployment of microfiltration and reverse osmosis technology has facilitated the implementation of ZLD schemes.”
The Pall AriaTM system, a cornerstone of Pall’s water treatment solutions portfolio, utilizes unique hollow fiber membranes with outstanding regeneration capabilities that cost-effectively produce high-quality water. The robust fibers also help ensure consistent system performance and reliability.
“Pall’s automated membrane system has functioned smoothly for over a year while treating challenging cooling tower blowdown water,” said Mr. Drake, plant chemist at Indiantown Cogeneration plant. “We are very pleased that the system has met all of our performance goals while making good on its promise of cost savings.”
The International Water Conference (IWC) is an educational conference that emphasizes technology, and is one of the premier global technical conferences for industrial water. The IWC presents the latest in scientific advances and practical applications in this field, cutting across a wide range of industries, technologies and functional areas.
Ram Venkatadri holds a Bachelor of Technology in chemical engineering from the University of Madras and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Venkatadri has more than 20 years of experience in the power, polymer, olefin, and refining industries.
Marvin Drake holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Florida, and has more than 30 years of experience in industrial water treatment.
Pall Power Generation is the global leader in providing filtration and separation solutions to the power generation industry. Pall technology improves fluid quality to ensure reliable and optimal performance of a power plant’s assets. Pall offers a wide selection of products that can solve a range of purification challenges, from small flows and simple chemistries to the most demanding process conditions. To learn more about Pall solutions for power plants, including water treatment and regulatory compliance, please visit http://www.pall.com/main/Power-Generation/Power-Generation-984bcedd.page?
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