Power generation is one of the largest industries using water for cooling purposes. Most power plants contain one or more generators which is a rotating machine that converts mechanical power into electrical power. The relative motion between a magnetic field and a conductor creates an electrical current. Water can be used in power plants or for cooling or as high pressure steam to operate steam turbines.
Steam turbine systems use the dynamic pressure generated by expanding steam of boilers to move turbine’s blades. Almost all large scale power plants plants use this system. Approximately 90% of the electric power generated in the world is through the use of steam turbines in power plants.
Gas turbine systems use the dynamic pressure from gases (air and combustion products) to operate the turbine directly. Natural gas-fuelled and oil-fueled combustion turbine plants can start rapidly and used to supply energy during periods of high demand.
Combined cycle power plants have both a gas turbine fired by natural gas, steam boiler, and steam turbine which use the hot exhaust gas from the gas turbine to produce electricity. This greatly increases the overall efficiency of the plant, and many new baseload power plants are combined cycle power plants fired by natural gas.
The largest part of water used in power plants is for cooling. It is estimated that electric power generation plants consumes more than three trillion (3,000,000,000,000) gallons of water globally per year. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the majority of power plants in the United States use “closed-cycle” or “recirculating” cooling systems.
Water is power plants is a core material in power generation either for cooling or to generate steam in boilers for turbines process utilities. Multiple water facilities and technologies are also involved in power plants such as:
- Desalination Plants (RO – MED- MSF)
- Demineralization Units
- Filtration Systems
- Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP)
- Steam Generation Systems (Boilers)
- Cooling Systems (Closed Cooling – Open Cooling – Once-through)
- Electrical Deionization Units (EDI)
REDA Water offers diversified water treatment solutions for the above systems which have benefits that can be reflected on the plant’s operation on:
- Smooth & Enhanced Productivity
- Longer operational life of facilities
- Eliminate Production Stoppages
- Minimizing water operational costs
- Minimize Maintenance costs
- Optimizing System’s Performance KPIs
- Improve Chemical Safety Practices
- Technical Training about Water Facilities
In addition to the above, REDA Water team can service power plants in daily operational activities of power generation proceses. Through a complete portfolio of specialty chemical ZenTreat® and equipment solutions, REDA can provide chemical solutions for the systems:
- Chemicals for Open and Closed Cooling Systems
- Specilty Chemical for Boilers (Lp – MP – HP)
- Chemicals for Demineralization and Desalination Plants
- Chemicals for Industrial Cleaning Applications
- Process Chemicals
- Chemicals for Industrial WWTP
- Automatic Dosing Systems for Chemicals Injection
- Filtration Units
These solutions are associated with on-site services, water analysis, dosing units, and field chemical optimization to ensure minimal amounts of chemicals are injected with best results.
Finally, don’t hesitate to Contact Us for any inquiry related to water treatments of power plants, or if you are interested to build a partnership with REDA Water team to improve the overall water management in your plant.
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