Although they are often unnoticed, cooling towers are a part of our every day lives. They help maintain everything from hospitals to schools, from data centers to department stores, and from commercial warehouse to power stations. In all of these settings, the best cooling tower structures are single piece units that require no maintenance and last for years.
Available in a variety of sizes, cooling towers all serve the same basic purpose. Developed to recycle more than 98% of wasted water, cooling towers result in tremendous reductions in water and energy use. These reductions continue to impact the country as these systems grow in both size and popularity.
Cooling tower systems that are created from a completely seamless assembly process are known for, and recognized by their “one-piece” shell. The largest packaged cooling towers in the industry are made with no seams, panels, rivets, or fasteners. With only air strippers at the top and the bottom of these towers, these corrosion products are free of the hundreds of fasteners that often fail or compromise the performance of other less reliable structures.
Process Cooling Towers Are Available in a Wide Variety of Sizes
The smallest cooling towers, which might be used in a small business or shop, are designed to handle water streams of only a few gallons a minute. This size of tower is supplied by water passing through small pipes and might even be seen in some residential settings. These, and all cooling towers smaller than 175 tons, can be shipped customers completely assembled. Much larger cooling towers, like a 1000-ton cooling system, can achieve as much as 5% efficiency improvements, which can help save over 90,000 kW-hours, amounting to almost $10,000 a year.
No matter what the size of a cooling tower is, proper maintenance like checking the integrity of air strippers can lead to even better performance and a longer life. Additional cooling tower maintenance should include periodically inspecting to ensure the tower fill media and heat transfer surfaces are free from water scaling, biological growth, corrosion, and other particle or chemical deposits which can reduce energy efficiency. In some cases, these inefficiencies can reduce the overall cooling system effectiveness by 5% or even more.