Personal Cooling Water Analytics

Power plant operators must keep the corrosion, deposition, and microbiological fouling affecting cooling water systems at bay to avoid damage to equipment and system inefficiencies. One possible solution is GE’s newly released TrueSense, a technology platform that enables users to monitor and control cooling water systems. TrueSense integrates three functionalities into one platform: online monitoring of critical water chemistries, personal instrumentation that dramatically cuts offline testing time, and a powerful data analysis and display capability that provides insight into system status. GE claims that optimization of a cooling system using TrueSense can yield an estimated total operating costs savings of 25% or more when enabled with the right treatment chemistry. In a moderately sized industrial cooling tower, a system running under optimal conditions could save nearly $400,000 per year in freshwater acquisition costs alone, the company says. (