Archive for December 29, 2012
When it comes to needing to control a climate, there are few options that are better than cooling towers. Cooling towers are often used to cool circulating water used in oil refineries, chemical plants, power stations and HVAC systems for controlling temperature in buildings. Anything that generates a large amount of heat also needs a tool to ensure that that heat dissipates.
Whether it is closed loop cooling systems or evaporative cooling towers the fact is that these systems sometimes break down and need to be repaired or replaced. Depending on the type of cooling towers in question this can be an expensive undertaking and sometimes it is better to simply replace the unit instead of repair it.
Fortunately there is a cooling tower company out there ready to help any company repair their tower or get a new system in place. When looking for cooling tower replacements businesses should consider whether they need aeration tower systems, which cool via airflow, or whether water cooling towers are most effective for their needs. The difference in cost and in cost to maintain can be quite striking, so detailed research into the subject is recommended before making any kind of decision. A big user of cooling towers are server farms, which route billions of bits of data every second to all over the world. All that activity surely makes for a lot of heat, which is why server farms need to be kept ice cold in order to function at the highest level possible. Even a slight rise in temperature can dramatically lower efficiency and lead to slowdowns all across the world.
When it comes to power plants, most used water cooling towers to dissipate heat. These in themselves can be massive buildings and very expensive to replace. The best thing to do is hire a company to do regular maintenance to avoid the cooling towers breaking down. With something like a power plant or a nuclear power plant, especially, losing the cooling system can lead to something catastrophic happening. In some cases involving a nuclear power plant that can even mean a nuclear reactor meltdown.
Fortunately such meltdowns are extremely rare and have only happened a handful of times in history. Most power plants, whether they are nuclear or not, have failsafes in place in case the cooling units fail. These include backup cooling units as well as protocols for a total reactor shutdown.