Wastewater Treatment – An Advantage of Heat Exchangers

The more companies utilize heat exchangers for their thermal management needs, the more the benefits pile up. Heat exchangers are versatile, eco-friendly solutions designed to streamline the process of electrical cooling, making it easier and more efficient for companies to keep their electrical equipment properly cooled. They don’t utilize traditional HVAC processes, so they don’t require the same levels of energy and maintenance that air conditioners do. However, in addition to the savings in energy and overhead costs, heat exchangers also provide several other unique, highly important advantages, such as making wastewater treatment more efficient.

A brief understanding of wastewater treatment

Treating wastewater is a common and necessary practice in many different industries these days. In efforts to reduce their environmental footprints and contributions to pollution, increasingly more companies are implementing in-house solutions for cleansing and purifying their wastewater before releasing it. The process is a highly scientific one and involves the introduction of beneficial microbes that eliminate and neutralize harmful substances. For the microbes to thrive and perform their duties, the wastewater must be kept at specific temperatures throughout the treatment process. Initially, this meant instituting a system to use up more energy, such as gas, which greatly impacted companies’ overhead costs.

The principles of transferring waste heat

For heat exchangers, transferring heat is the cornerstone of their operations. A heat exchanger that’s used to cool an electrical control panel or other enclosure uses an eco-friendly fluid that circulates throughout the heat exchanger’s interior. The fluid that is closest to the source of heat within the enclosure absorbs that heat until it evaporates. As it does so, it becomes less dense and naturally flows elsewhere, such as to a heat depository. Once it releases the heat, the fluid can circulate back through the loop and continuously repeat this cycle.

Heat exchangers to supplement wastewater treatment

The principles of heat transfer not only make electrical cooling more cost-efficient, but also much more manageable. The simplified process can be contained in heat pipe or cold plate heat exchangers that don’t need complicated external parts, and heat exchangers can even be easily customized to fit an application’s unique parameters and needs. In the case of wastewater treatment, for example, heat exchangers can be designed to absorb waste heat and transfer it somewhere useful, rather than just dissipating it into a heat sink. This can help significantly lower the energy costs that companies have had to shoulder in order to maintain their necessary wastewater treatment operations.

For more information about the advantages of using heat exchangers for wastewater treatment, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.