When most people think of temperature, like the temperature outside for instance, a 1˚ difference doesn’t have much of an effect. But when we’re discussing the cooling process, as you may know, it can make a world of difference! By making simple changes inside you cooling tower, such as replacing fouled fill or ensuring your fill section is being fully wetted out by using the proper nozzles, you can increase efficiency, which saves both time and money. Here are some common examples:
In the Electrical Generation market, colder water means less fuel consumption and a lower plant heat rate, or more electricity produced, resulting in the ability to meet peak demands.
For HVAC and Comfort Cooling applications, improved cooling increases chiller performance and reduces overall operating costs.
Colder water in the Steel Industry translates to improved cooling throughout the manufacturing process, which means better quality and increased production.
In Data Centers, colder water makes chillers and air handlers more efficient, and by extension, creates “free cooling” opportunities that reduce operating costs and power consumption.
For Ethanol and Oil Refineries, more efficient cooling improves processing capabilities throughout the facility, resulting in more product production.
This chart shows the annual savings associated with a 1˚ colder water temperature, based on a 1,000 MW power plant with a design heat rate of 10,000 BTU/kWh, utilizing coal at a cost of $41.04 USD/short ton: