While many buildings and facilities are known for the tasks that they complete and the services that they offer, none of those buildings and facilities would be able to serve their function without cooling tower systems. These all important towers a exchange heat in a specialized way by bringing air and water into direct contact with each other. The goal of this process is to reduce the temperature of the water that is used to heat, cool, and provide energy to a building. Through the process of this exchange, a small volume of water evaporates, and this evaporation also helps reduce the temperature of the water that is being circulated throughout the tower.
While some cooling towers may be small, and others may be enormous, they all basically serve this exact same function. Every business from hospitals to schools, from data storage centers to manufacturing plants rely on cooling towers to function. The smallest cooling towers, for instance, are designed to handle flows of just a few gallons of water a minute piped through small tubes like those might see in a residence. The largest, used in major energy plants around the world in places like India, are constructed on site and can be as tall as 202 meters in height and 142 meters in diameter.
It should not be surprising then that an entire field of workers are employed to maintain and regulate these important towers. While some facilities may share a maintenance worker between them, other facilities employ a full staff of around the clock site managers to make sure that cooling towers are efficiently doing their job.
As technology in all fields advances, it should also come as no surprise that many plants and facilities are switching to cooling towers that are made of a no seam construction from corrosion resistant polyethylene. With the absence of seams, panels, rivets, and hundreds of fasteners to fail or compromise, the performance and integrity of these maintenance free products is preferable to many customers.
As the nation’s failing infrastructure continues to show its age, so too do the cooling towers for some of the largest hospitals, schools, factories and industries. For many of these companies, old inefficient cooling towers are being replaced with corrosion proof engineered plastic towers. Additionally, the installation of standard-efficiency fan motors in cooling towers instead of high-efficiency motors reduces energy requirements for that motor by as much as 2% to 8%.