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Cooling water and its challenges

22-02-2022

We often tell you about the industries we work in. Because our product is still relatively unknown, the use of underwater drones is often surprising. But nevertheless, areas of application such as marinas or water-filled pipes are very obvious. But there are also areas where we can work with our drones that are not obvious at first.

This time, however, we are not talking about an industry that is still undiscovered. We want to know what areas of application there are that have a direct impact on our everyday lives. One of the first ideas was cooling water tanks and pipes.

In the illustration you can see which process the cooling water goes through. Industrial processes are mostly the cooling of machines. Machines that need to be cooled can be found everywhere. From food factories to car manufacturers. That’s why it’s one of the most common things. Most people probably don’t think much about cooling water, but it is essential for all of us.

 

Behandlung von Kühlwasser (Teil 1)

 

Have you ever thought about which companies need cooling water tanks and pipes? Probably not. Before this research, we were already aware of how important cooling water is in various industries. But only in the course of time did it become clear that cooling water is a bigger issue than we thought and is becoming more and more important. Especially in the context of sustainability, emptying cooling water tanks is no longer in keeping with the times. At the moment, cooling water is always being emptied and refilled. This has obvious disadvantages for the environment, but not only that! Disposing of cooling water requires a lot of effort and money, as extra machines have to be purchased and operated for this purpose. The problem, however, is that cooling water cannot simply stand still and that emptying it !until now! is the safest method.

The problem is that cooling water leaves the tank to cool machines. On its way back into the tank, it releases the heat again. This can cause a number of problems.  There are 4 potential problems to be aware of.

  1. Corrosion
  2. Lime deposits
  3. biological growth
  4. Pollution due to solids

To enable the recycling of cooling water, the water has to be purified by various chemicals. Various companies are already busy manufacturing pumps that regulate the supply of chemicals. These pumps can save up to 70% of the costs.

This naturally raises the question of what other advantages our drones can bring. First of all, our drones can visually inspect the cooling water tanks and pipes without having to empty them. This works similarly to the inspection of rainwater pipes. You can read more about this here.

But not only inspection is possible with our drones! We can also measure the water quality. This way, the work of the pumps can also be easily checked.

 


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