Dec 17, 2014

University of Michigan Partners With Mexel USA for Energy-Efficient Campus Water Treatment System

The company's filming amine emulsion will be used in the university’s cooling water towers

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The University of Michigan is partnering with the U.S. division of French water purification company Mexel to perform a 12-month demonstration using the company’s filming amine emulsion Mexel 432/0 for cooling water treatment.

The demonstration, which will commence in late January 2015, will entail injecting small amounts of the emulsion into a recirculating cooling water tower. According to the company, this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved emulsion can “address a number of fouling problems that can adversely affect operations and energy efficiency.”

University engineers will closely monitor system operations using a number of established performance indicators. These results will be analyzed and compared, along with economic and environmental factors, to historical data for an overall evaluation of the project.

The University of Michigan’s energy services include the Central Power Plant (CPP), which generates and processes four main services to the University Central and Medical campuses. These processes are steam, electricity, compressed air and domestic hot water, and energy systems for heating and cooling facilities throughout the university that include more than 100 cooling towers.

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with the expert energy professionals at the University of Michigan to demonstrate the efficacy of our product to service campus needs,” said Mexel USA President Mary Wolter Glass. “ We are certain that Mexel 432/0 will improve the environmental performance, efficiency of heat transfer, and economic return of the cooling tower-chiller systems treated. We look forward to working with the university for many years to come.”  

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