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A New Non-Invasive Air-Cooled Condenser Monitoring Methodology to Increase Performance

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Fred Caillard, Francois Screve

Deltaway Energy Inc., Coral Gables, FL

Paper No. NAWTEC13-3166, pp. 163-166; 4 pages
  • 13th Annual North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • 13th North American Waste-to-Energy Conference
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, May 23–25, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Solid Waste Processing Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3756-4
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Air-Cooled Condenser performance can significantly affect WTE plants bottom-line. Most of the possible ACC performance improvement solutions require some important capital costs (fin tubes replacement, fans blades or motor upgrade, additional ACC cells, addition of preventive air re-circulation panels, etc[[ellipsis]]). A new low cost tool and methodology is now allowing to gain a very detailed understanding of ACC behaviours and to optimize ACC operations and cleaning schedules. This article is illustrated by the case-study of a WTE located in the south of France (equipped with a 5.5 MW GE condensing turbine), where the facility performance was strongly limited by its ACC, and where additional turbine generator output of more than 1 MW were achieved.

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