Ever wonder how water is used in manufacturing processes? Grant Newhouse of Sustainable Water Solutions, LLC, provides a fantastic overview and explains the complex chemistry involved using easy-to-understand analogies. The world of water use in manufacturing processes is fascinating, and you’ll learn a tremendous amount about how manufacturers are employing technologies and processes to become more water efficient. Grant is a great teacher, so listen up!
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- The different ways in which water is used in industrial processes
- Why water needs to be treated before use in industrial processes
- How boiler explosions in the 1800’s became the catalyst for industrial water treatment
- How cooling towers work
- How boilers work
- What the water treatment issues are for cooling towers and boilers
- Why water softening results in inefficient water use
- The more efficient treatment method Grant suggests to replace water softening
- Why electrical conductivity, EC, in water has become a big issue
- Grant’s take on the energy-water nexus in industrial water treatment processes
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Sustainable Water Solutions, LLC’s website
- Wikipedia page on cooling towers
- Wikipedia page on boilers
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers website
- Wikipedia page on boiler water
- Wikipedia page on polymers
- USGS webpage on water and electrical conductivity (EC)
- HowStuffWorks webpage for reverse osmosis
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