End users in the process industries now have an easier method to analyze difficult industrial water samples.

New technology from GE Power & Water, Boulder, Colo., called the Sievers InnovOx online total organic carbon analyzer, allows industrial users to analyze challenging water samples on a routine basis without requiring excessive preventive maintenance. Monitoring the levels of total organic carbon in the water gives users control of critical processes in their operations while complying with regulations.

The first commercial application for the unit is monitoring seawater in Taiwan. The water, which contains about three percent sodium chloride, is used as industrial process water, and both incoming and outgoing water streams need to be monitored for environmental protection. One of the main sources of contamination can be hydrocarbons coming from a petrochemical refining process.

Designed by the company's analytical instruments unit, the Sievers InnovOx offers increased uptime and instrument reliability for the petrochemical, petroleum, pulp and paper, and food and beverage markets, says the manufacturer.

The analyzer uses a supercritical water oxidation technique to enhance reliability, ensure ease of use and lower maintenance for water in industrial process samples on a routine basis. Supercritical water oxidation historically has been used to treat large volumes of aqueous waste streams, sludges and contaminated soils.