Hubert Poels, Author at Watco Group


Hubert Poels

Using Air-Conditioning Energy For All Its Worth

In the search of ways to reduce building operating cost and energy consumption in the new US Department of Labor Building, a simple method of improving heat transfer was applied. A Presidential Letter of Commendation was given to Mr. Petritsch for such contribution to energy consumption and more economic management.
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Chiller Efficiency – Why Chiller Manufacturers Fail to Recommend Brush Cleaning Systems

Learn about 3 reasons Why Chiller Manufacturers Fail to Recommend Automatic Brush Cleaning Systems. What is a simple way to keep Chiller Efficiency high?
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High Cooling Tower Water Temperature Range handled with thermal balancing basin.

Thermal Balancing Basin As an Effective Solution for Handling High Cooling Tower Water Temperature Range

Wacon’s thermal balancing basin concept has a proven track record in Europe and Asia and optimizes the operation for both footprint and Capex. Most recently it is applied in combination with the Aquafan cooling tower for further energy savings in operational cost.
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Increase Chiller Efficiency By Means of Tube Cleaning and Thermal Storage

As a property manager of a major hotel, hospital, mall, or event space, the efficiency of the chillers can make a big difference in the electricity costs you incur at the end of the month. In this article, we discuss two strategies that could be used independently or in combination to save on chiller operating cost and investment by maximizing capacity: Thermal storage; On-line or automatic tube cleaning;
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Eqobrush Energy Performance Contract for China

Learn how Eqobrush continuous chiller cleaning system helps to improve energy efficiency in Chinese buildings without investment. By avoiding the settlement of any fouling the chillers keep running at optimal performance at all times and >10% electricity can easily be saved.
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Hotel Energy Efficiency – Automatic Chiller Cleaning

The system’s operational principal is simple. A flow reversal valve is installed between the cooling tower and the chiller. Brushes with catch baskets are installed on each tube inside the chiller. By reversing the water flow over the chiller briefly at regular (4-hour) intervals, the brushes travel up and down through the tube, removing all sediments and sending them to the cooling tower.
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Prevent Heat Exchanger Fouling With Eqobrush Automatic Tube Cleaning Systems

Condenser and heat exchanger tubes need to regular brushing in order to clean and get rid of build-up before scaling sets in. Eqobrush Automatic Tube Cleaning System keeps heat exchanger and condenser tubes in pristine condition without any interruption of operations. The formation of fouling and scaling can be avoided with Eqobrush brushing system’s high-frequency automatic brushing of the heat exchanger’s or condenser’s tubes for up to 6 times per day. Powered by the water flow through a flow reversing valve, the brushes which are inserted in the heat exchanger travel up and down the tube resulting in any sedimentation removed by the brushing system before it hardens. Therefor, the tubes are kept in top condition to achieve utmost performance at all times. No more interruptions of operations for mechanical or chemical cleaning. Components of Eqobrush The automatic tube cleaning system is designed to fit any heat exchanger, its components are the following: Cleaning brushes Standard brushes are made from PE caps with stainless steel wires and nylon bristles for application in water with temperatures of up to 60 ᴼC. Standard sizes are from 10 to 24 mm tube diameter. Depending on the fouling level of the cooling tower water, these brushes will last 3 to 5 years until it needs to be replaced. Different materials are available for special applications as well. Catch baskets PE baskets can be removed easily from the socket when required during inspection or brush replacement and reusable as well. Locked in operation to secure all brushes at the tube ends. The catch baskets come in different sizes to meet all tube diameters standards. Control Box The IP55-control panel carries the components required for the automatic operation. Any cleaning cycle interval from 15 minutes and 24 hours can be set. Additional cleaning-cycles can be initiated through the manual switch. Switching positions are fixed before delivery. Actuator Compact multi-functional actuator comes with end position switches and torque control in IP55 housing. The manual emergency operation is possible as well. Reversal Valve The special reversing valves of Eqobrush Automatic Tube Cleaning System are designed in the nominal size of 80 mm to 600 mm for nominal flow rates from 50 m³/h to 3000 m³/h. Automatic Backwashing System Automatic backwashing systems reverse the flow and backwash of the heat exchanger tube-and-shell or plate-and-frame exchangers. Pre-filtration can only remove large particles, while fine articles like silt, sand, mud and other suspended solids enter the plate heat exchangers and gather between the plates, which results in plugging and encourages scaling and pitting. The reversal valve of the Eqobrush Automatic Tube Cleaning System can be easily installed on the supply and return pipes. Without any operation interruptions, it periodically reverse the flow through the exchanger for a short time. The flow then returns to its normal direction after a short while, which is less than a minute. Periodic backwashing by means of an automatic backwashing system removes accumulated solids and allows considerably longer intervals between interruptions of operation for cleaning.
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Eqobrush Automatic Chiller Condenser And Heat Exchanger Cleaning System: Save More, Perform More

Eqobrush Automatic Tube Cleaning System is automatic online chiller condenser and heat exchanger cleaning system. It is designed and engineered to provide a solution in the formation of fouling and scaling that usually occurs during the normal process of operation. The brushing system is pre-programmable so it cleans fouling from piping without interruption or shutting down the equipment. In addition, fouling and scaling from pipes are avoided due to the various heat exchanger cleanings per day as well as allowing a pay-back period of less than 6 months from energy savings and capacity gains. Installing this automatic tube brushing system is simple and easy as it is designed to be incorporated in the original plant installation or as a retrospective fit. This will result in significantly minimising the need for plant shut down, physical cleaning and chemical cleaning. Aside from this, the heat exchanger cleaning system allows considerable savings on energy consumption and reduce water consumption. The Principles of Operation  The automatic valves of the Eqobrush Automatic Cleaning System reverses the water flow in the heat exchanger every few hours for 30 seconds. The nylon brushes which are housed in baskets connected to the tube ends, are then pushed through the pips eradicating any fouling or scaling. Pressure loss is avoided as once the reversion is done, the brushes are the positioned in the baskets. Benefits of Eqobrush  Eqobrush provides high cleaning to remove solid deposits often found in heat exchanger. The following benefits of using the automatic tube cleaning system compared to other well-known processes are as follows: Energy savings. Scale buildup can lead to an increase in power consumption for various fouling factors. Eqobrush heat exchange cleaning system allows substantial savings making a pay-back period on the investment of less than a year. Periodical maintenance of chillers is eliminated by the Eqobrush automatic tube brushing system which reduces costs of labor, chemicals and cleaning equipment as well as the exposure of people to harsh chemicals. Reduced water consumption. Because Eqobrush lets a higher level of salt concentration in the cooling water, blow-down volumes and suppletion water volumes are reduced resulting in savings in water and waste water costs. Optimal cooling performance guarantees equipment can run in top capacity. This brushing system is a simpler system at a lower investment. System maintenance and replacement cost are lower as well. All pipes remains clean. All pipes get brushed on every cycle with Eqobrush.  Other processes such as physical cleaning, plant is required to be shut down and there’s a need to hire a specialist contractor not to mention the risk of tube damage. On the other hand using chemical treatment, will be more costly and can only provide a temporary solution which needs repetition of the process at regular intervals. Another alternative is the Sponge Ball System, but the biggest downfall of this heat exchanger cleaning system is that it tends to accumulate dirt and equalize this throughout the surface. Eqobrush automatic tube cleaning system is the best choice, not...
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High Performing Industrial Water Cooling Technology

Wacon prides itself for having 30 years of experience in cooling tower engineering. Since 1984, they have specialized in providing solutions for industrial cooling towers. The company’s product range can cater any projects in various levels of complexity. Their field of specialisation is in modular mechanical draft cooling towers using fiberglass reinforced plastics or FRP structures. Their offerings of industrial cooling tower products which are used in a wide array of applications from heavy industry to clean room air conditioning are designed specifically for waste water projects and energy recovery.  Their cooling tower systems are delivered in the knockdown state to ensure an easy on-site assembly by local contractors under their supervision. Industrial Cooling Tower Systems All the industrial water cooling tower systems of Wacon are the result of extensive research, development, and testing. They are all designed with the state of the art technology and come with high-performing, steadfast and cost-effective components. This result in an exceptional line of cooling tower systems you can depend on. WCN – Induced Draft Modular Counter Flow Cooling Towers The WCN Cooling Towers are lightweight but tremendously rigid and are designed in accordance with the international industrial standards. The WCN Cooling Towers uses structural materials such as SST 304 and FRP pultrusions with PVC or ABS fills and eliminators, which makes installation of the struct us simple, fast and easy. It also passes a field performance test in accordance with the CTI STD 105 or DIN 1947 field test protocol. WRT Cross Flow Cooling Towers The WRT Cooling Towers are designed in accordance with international industrial standards. They are also lightweight and highly rigid structures. It is created with structural materials such as SST 304 and FRP pultrusions, with PVC or ABS fills and eliminators. The infill of this cooling tower system has a distinctive pattern which lets a longer hold-up time in the tower; therefore there will be a longer contact period for heat exchange with the air. The WRT towers passed a field performance test in accordance with the CTI STD 105 or DIN 1947 field test protocol and are simple to install and easy maintain. CentraDeck – A revolutionary Cooling Tower Drift Eliminator with great efficiency The CentraDeck is a cooling tower drift eliminator made from PVC, PP or ABS thermoformed film and can be used for several operational applications. It is designed with a triple angle labyrinth thus efficiently stripping the wet air-stream from water in droplet from. The CentraDeck cooling tower is supplied either as block-assembled or in single sheets for site assembly and saving transportation volume. Centrafill – A revolutionary Cooling Tower Fill Splash & Film Heat Exchange Medium with great efficiency The CentraFill cooling tower fill is made up of predetermined layers of triangle corrugated profiles. The triangle bars come in cross section towards each other in the tower structure. Because of how the corrugated profiles are positioned, the air is powerfully turbulated in the infill structure. In addition, since the structure of Centrafill cooling tower...
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