A product may allow industrial plants to use lower quality water in their cooling process yet still avoid corrosion and fouling problems.

A product from GE, Trevose, Pa., may allow industrial plants to use lower quality water in their cooling process yet still avoid corrosion and fouling problems.

Companies using GenGard 8000 can save on operating costs while improving the efficiency of their cooling systems for greater production output, water conservation and ability to use alternative water sources, according to GE. The new technology also will reduce the need for sulfuric acid in cooling water systems, minimizing the impact on the environment. GenGard 8000 is an extension of GE's existing GenGard product line.

Industrial facilities consume large amounts of water to cool process equipment, resulting in a critical need for cooling water systems that can reuse the same water repeatedly in the process. Corrosion and microbiological fouling must be controlled to ensure safe, reliable and efficient operation of cooling systems.

GenGard 8000's chemistry expands GE's water treatment product line into the full pH spectrum, from neutral to alkaline cooling water applications. GenGard 8000 can, in many cases, eliminate the need for sulfuric acid for pH control.

GenGard 8000 will continue to have the characteristics of the original GenGard chemistry family. The product is halogen-stable, allowing it to be used in conjunction with the most cost-effective biocide programs. In addition, the technology includes a stress-tolerant polymer, which is a very forgiving chemistry offering excellent control of mineral scale and corrosion.

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