MARINE WATER TECHNOLOGY
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What makes the AC condensate interesting for more demanding technical applications is the fact that it is water almost free from salts and minerals. Desalination of water on board a passenger vessel is always a costly process and the by-product AC condensate is available practically „for free". Depending on the outside temperature and the ambient air humidity, the flow of condensate may vary between none at all to up to 20 m3/hr on board very large cruise ships. Keeping in mind its low salinity, this water stream is not negligible from an economical standpoint and the condensate can be use for ship's laundry, which is also a considerable consumer on board.
When the condensate is formed on the surfaces of the air coolers it takes up impurities from the air such as solid matter (dust and bacteria), but also gaseous compounds such as carbon dioxide, NO2 and SO2, as well as copper ions from the AC heat exchangers, which are washed into the AC drain collection tank. The suspended solids (dust, fi bres, particles) but even more the copper, however, may cause problems when reusing the AC-condensate, as the copper tends to precipitate, e.g. in the washing machines where it may cause greenish colour on the laundry. Therefore even on ships, where reclaim systems are installed, the reuse of AC-condensate is in most cases abandoned till date and the ships are using the expensive potable water instead.
RWO has developed a solution to this problem together with cooperation partners. The ACCuRem copper removal system is based on a special combination of filtration and ion exchange. Numerous ACCuRem systems are in successful operation on cruise ships since its development and exceeding the expectations of both shipowners and operators.
- Treats several thousands of cubic metres of condensate
via a special process
- Very small footprint for easy integration also into existing
piping onboard ships
- No requirement to operate or maintain any regeneration
- Easy removal and refill of the filter material
- No other chemicals are involved
- Quickest return of investment costs