Timothy Keister, chief chemist at ProChemTech International, certified water technologist and Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, received U.S. patent, #9,580,343, for conversion of Marcellus gas well production and flow back wastewaters into salable chemical products.
Excessive accumulation of biofilm can lead to process cooling water system fouling and corrosion; loss of heat transfer and reduction in energy efficiency; downtime for cleaning; illness or death; and costly equipment repair or replacement.
As water resources become increasingly stressed by drought and intensifying demand from competing uses, industries that use significant quantities of water will face greater pressure to
adopt water-efficiency strategies that can decrease fresh-water withdrawals. One approach that facilities can adopt to reduce their draw from these supplies — thus reducing stress on drinking
water reserves — is to use alternative makeup water sources.
On Demand Water cooling grabbed headlines in 2015 as HVAC cooling towers in New York City led to a sustained outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. As a result of that outbreak and others, the ASHRAE 188 Legionella standard was developed to formalize the methods to minimize or prevent Legionella in cooling towers, including those at industrial plants.