CQM Systems LLC: Condenser Tube Cleaning System
February 11, 2013
The Automatic Tube Cleaning System (ATCS) provides energy-saving, on-line condenser tube cleaning for water-cooled chiller applications. The system periodically injects sponge balls into the condenser water stream, and prevents condenser tubes from developing scale or microbial fouling deposits. According to the manufacturer, installations often result in 10-25 percent improvement in chiller efficiency, while eliminating manual condenser cleaning and extending chiller equipment life. The tube cleaning system eliminates scaling and biofilm condenser fouling, allowing the chiller condenser to continuously operate at maximum efficiency, while reducing comfort-cooling energy costs by up to 25 percent, said the company. According to the manufacturer, there is a typical simple-payback period of less than two years on the equipment, and equipment life of 15-20 years often yields internal rates of return (IRR) in excess of 50 percent.