SPX, CCI to test carbon foam heat exchangers for power plant cooling

U.S. Department of Energy awards project, which partners SPX Corp.'s Cooling Technologies & Services business with Ceramic Composites Inc., a $750,000 research grant...

Oct 13th, 2004

CHARLOTTE, NC, Oct. 13, 2004 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- SPX Corp.'s Cooling Technologies & Services business will partner with Ceramic Composites Inc. (CCI) to research and develop an innovative heat transfer technology that could significantly decrease energy consumption and enhance water conservation within the power industry.

The research, which will explore use of high thermal conductivity carbon foam in air-cooled steam condensers for power plant cooling, is made possible through a two-year $750,000 research grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Working in collaboration with Ceramic Composites, a leading developer of advanced ceramic and composite materials, SPX Cooling Technologies & Services will use a portion of the grant to research the application of carbon foam within its proven air-cooled condenser technology. The benefits of such a system could include the minimization or elimination of organism intake, warm water discharge, wet or hybrid tower evaporation, pumping system maintenance, materials of construction corrosion, and internal power consumption through fans and pumps. In addition, the implementation of this state-of-the-art technology will allow power plants to better meet the standards of the Clean Water Act §316(b), which requires new and existing power plants to prevent adverse environmental impacts to aquatic organisms.

"Over the past several years, the majority of our research and development efforts have centered on technology innovations that conserve water and reduce waste," said Jay Caraviello, President of SPX Cooling Technologies & Services. "This grant provides a great opportunity for us to work with the Department of Energy, in collaboration with Ceramic Composites, to examine the many ways in which the power industry and the environment can benefit from our technologies."

SPX Cooling Technologies & Services is a global leader in products and services related to thermal engineering for power plants and industries. With world-renowned brands including Balcke, Hamon Dry Cooling, Marley and Rothemuelle, the company manufactures and markets a wide range of equipment for use in applications including wet cooling, dry cooling, heat exchange, air pollution control and associated services. The company serves its customers through an extensive network of direct sales, distribution partners and service representatives worldwide.

SPX Corp. (www.spx.com) is a global provider of technical products and systems, industrial products and services, flow technology, cooling technologies and services, and service solutions.

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