University of Michigan to Demo Green Water Treatment in Campus Energy Systems

Mexel USA LLC announced an agreement with the University of Michigan to perform a 12-month demonstration of the Mexel 432/0 cooling water treatment on a system servicing buildings on the Main Campus. During the demonstration, small amounts of Mexel 432/0 will be injected into recirculating cooling tower water to address a number of fouling problems that can adversely affect operations and energy efficiency.

Mexel USA LLC announced on Dec. 16 an agreement with the University of Michigan to perform a 12-month demonstration of the Mexel 432/0 cooling water treatment on a system servicing buildings on the Main Campus. The demonstration project will begin at the end of January 2015, applying an innovative emulsion recently approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

During the demonstration, small amounts of Mexel 432/0 will be injected into recirculating cooling tower water to address a number of fouling problems that can adversely affect operations and energy efficiency. University engineers will closely monitor system operations using a number of established performance indicators. These results will be analyzed and compared, along with economic and environmental factors, to historical data for an overall evaluation of the project. The University of Michigan's energy services include the Central Power Plant,  which generates and processes four main services to the University Central and Medical Campuses; steam, electricity, compressed air, and domestic hot water; and energy systems for heating and cooling facilities throughout the university that include more than 100 cooling towers.

In her announcement of the project, Mexel USA President Mary Wolter Glass stated, "We are very pleased to be able to partner with the expert energy professionals at the University of Michigan to demonstrate the efficacy of our product to service campus needs.  We are certain that Mexel 432/0 will improve the environmental performance, efficiency of heat transfer, and economic return of the cooling tower-chiller systems treated. We look forward to working with the university for many years to come."

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