Cooling Tower Water Treatment

Corrosion, deposition, fouling, and biological growth can derail your operations. GE’s combination of chemicals, software, and industry expertise can help prevent these issues or aid in the recovery from a failure event.

Extend the life of your assets and improve the heat transfer efficiency of your cooling water system

Whether for open-recirculating (in cooling towers), closed-loop, or once-thru systems, GE maximizes heat transfer efficiency and protects your equipment.

GE’s approach to cooling water treatment is a combination of patented chemistry, decades of expertise, and GE’s innovative TrueSense* for cooling remote monitoring and diagnostics platform.

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What this means for you:

  • System efficiency
    • Improved heat transfer efficiency in critical operating equipment
  • Environmental profile
    • Optimized/reduced water usage
    • Reduced treatment costs and blowdown/discharge volume
  • Operating costs
    • Reduced power consumption, maintenance requirements and outages/turnarounds
    • Extended run-lengths

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Featured Cooling Water Treatment Products

Protect from scaling and improve your heat exchanger efficiency

System scaling and deposition can cause many problems with your operation. GE’s deposition control products help battle the loss of heat exchanger capacity and efficiency that can lead to increased fuel costs. Good deposition control also helps you avoid equipment failures, maintenance costs, and emergency shut downs.

Deposition Program Benefits

  • System efficiency
    • Increased unit throughput and heat transfer
    • Provide superior evaporative cooling
  • Water consumption
    • Reduce makeup water costs
    • Lower plant discharge volume
    • Reduce wastewater treatment costs
  • Operating costs
    • Cut power consumption
    • Trim maintenance requirements
    • Maintain high heat transfer rates in systems with enhanced chiller tubes

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Extend asset life by minimizing corrosion

GE’s corrosion treatment programs can be applied across the entire pH spectrum and will ensure uncompromising results even under the most stressful conditions.

GE's Halogen Resistant Azole (HRA) corrosion treatment will help you manage a variety of chemistries. As one of the most sophisticated corrosion additives available, GE’s HRA technology inhibits corrosion of copper and alloy providing the freedom to effectively respond to microbial upsets without a loss of deposition or corrosion control.

GenGard* Corrosion Treatment Benefits

  • Improved productivity & equipment reliability
    • Maximum heat transfer efficiency
    • Improved process throughput
    • Reduced downtime for cleaning
    • Extended turnarounds/longer runs
  • Cost effective performance
    • Superior protection when compared to any other chemistry available in the market today
    • Cost competitive with market alternatives
  • Better safety net
    • More forgiving chemistry that helps protect assets
    • Fewer problems from inevitable upsets; fewer unscheduled shutdowns and cleanings
  • Reduced “total cost of ownership”
    • Ability to use alternative water sources
    • Cleaner equipment means lower overall costs and fewer cleaningsw

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Minimize biofouling and microbiologically-induced corrosion (MIC)

Industrial cooling systems are prime environments for microbiological activity including both planktonic and sessile growth. Without microbiological control, this growth can result in corrosion and other efficiency issues that can cause equipment failure, unscheduled downtime, reduced heat transfer, lost production, and increased risk of Legionella.

GE offers a broad portfolio of oxidizing and non-oxidizing biocides as well as biodispersants to treat and protect cooling systems from a variety of micro-organisms and microbiological growth.

Spectrus Microbiological Control Benefits

GE’s broad range of oxidizing and non-oxidizing biocides help control:

  • Algae
  • Biological slime
  • Sulfate-reducing bacteria
  • Biofilms formation

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Get connected. Get InSight. Get optimized.

InSight combines advanced data and analytics to help water treatment professionals make better business decisions, eliminate unplanned downtime, and lower operating costs. Backed by GE’s Industrial Internet, InSight uses secure remote monitoring technology to get crucial information into the hands of the people who need it, ensuring your water and process operations run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

InSight Features

Our Industrial Internet solution can help you:

  • Turn data from multiple sources into meaningful information
  • Visualize current conditions and their trajectory
  • Diagnose problems and discover opportunities for improvement
  • Alert your team to events or trends before they threaten asset production or integrity
  • Report on key performance indicators and their impact on business objectives

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Protecting assets and preventing corrosion with chemical automation

The performance of your cooling system requires operational efficiency, asset preservation, water conservation, and environmental compliance.

TrueSense for Cooling water treatment continuously measures and applies the right amount of chemistry for corrosion, deposit, and microbiological control.

When complemented with GE’s patented chemistry, you have the measurement and control tools needed to fully optimize your cooling operations.

TrueSense for Cooling Features

TrueSense directly measures all three primary chemistries used in cooling water treatment:

  • Orthophosphate for steel corrosion control
  • Polymers for the prevention of deposits from mineral scales and dispersion of suspended solids
  • Free halogen for the cost-effective control of microbiological growth

Other benefits include:

  • Reliable onboard filtration that requires minimal maintenance with high suspended solids and high-turbidity waters
  • Alarming and self-contained diagnostics for fast and effective troubleshooting
  • Full interfacing with InSight*, GE’s cloud-based knowledge management solution

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  • Deposition Control Chemicals

    Protect from scaling and improve your heat exchanger efficiency

    System scaling and deposition can cause many problems with your operation. GE’s deposition control products help battle the loss of heat exchanger capacity and efficiency that can lead to increased fuel costs. Good deposition control also helps you avoid equipment failures, maintenance costs, and emergency shut downs.

    Deposition Program Benefits

    • System efficiency
      • Increased unit throughput and heat transfer
      • Provide superior evaporative cooling
    • Water consumption
      • Reduce makeup water costs
      • Lower plant discharge volume
      • Reduce wastewater treatment costs
    • Operating costs
      • Cut power consumption
      • Trim maintenance requirements
      • Maintain high heat transfer rates in systems with enhanced chiller tubes

    Explore this product

    Didn't find what you need? Go to the product directory

  • GenGard* Corrosion Treatment Programs

    Extend asset life by minimizing corrosion

    GE’s corrosion treatment programs can be applied across the entire pH spectrum and will ensure uncompromising results even under the most stressful conditions.

    GE's Halogen Resistant Azole (HRA) corrosion treatment will help you manage a variety of chemistries. As one of the most sophisticated corrosion additives available, GE’s HRA technology inhibits corrosion of copper and alloy providing the freedom to effectively respond to microbial upsets without a loss of deposition or corrosion control.

    GenGard* Corrosion Treatment Benefits

    • Improved productivity & equipment reliability
      • Maximum heat transfer efficiency
      • Improved process throughput
      • Reduced downtime for cleaning
      • Extended turnarounds/longer runs
    • Cost effective performance
      • Superior protection when compared to any other chemistry available in the market today
      • Cost competitive with market alternatives
    • Better safety net
      • More forgiving chemistry that helps protect assets
      • Fewer problems from inevitable upsets; fewer unscheduled shutdowns and cleanings
    • Reduced “total cost of ownership”
      • Ability to use alternative water sources
      • Cleaner equipment means lower overall costs and fewer cleaningsw

    Explore this product

    Didn't find what you need? Go to the product directory

  • Spectrus Microbiological Control Agents

    Minimize biofouling and microbiologically-induced corrosion (MIC)

    Industrial cooling systems are prime environments for microbiological activity including both planktonic and sessile growth. Without microbiological control, this growth can result in corrosion and other efficiency issues that can cause equipment failure, unscheduled downtime, reduced heat transfer, lost production, and increased risk of Legionella.

    GE offers a broad portfolio of oxidizing and non-oxidizing biocides as well as biodispersants to treat and protect cooling systems from a variety of micro-organisms and microbiological growth.

    Spectrus Microbiological Control Benefits

    GE’s broad range of oxidizing and non-oxidizing biocides help control:

    • Algae
    • Biological slime
    • Sulfate-reducing bacteria
    • Biofilms formation

    Explore this product

    Didn't find what you need? Go to the product directory

  • InSight: Remote Water Monitoring System

    Get connected. Get InSight. Get optimized.

    InSight combines advanced data and analytics to help water treatment professionals make better business decisions, eliminate unplanned downtime, and lower operating costs. Backed by GE’s Industrial Internet, InSight uses secure remote monitoring technology to get crucial information into the hands of the people who need it, ensuring your water and process operations run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

    InSight Features

    Our Industrial Internet solution can help you:

    • Turn data from multiple sources into meaningful information
    • Visualize current conditions and their trajectory
    • Diagnose problems and discover opportunities for improvement
    • Alert your team to events or trends before they threaten asset production or integrity
    • Report on key performance indicators and their impact on business objectives

    Already an InSight customer? Login here

    Explore this product

    Didn't find what you need? Go to the product directory

  • TrueSense* Cooling Water Technology

    Protecting assets and preventing corrosion with chemical automation

    The performance of your cooling system requires operational efficiency, asset preservation, water conservation, and environmental compliance.

    TrueSense for Cooling water treatment continuously measures and applies the right amount of chemistry for corrosion, deposit, and microbiological control.

    When complemented with GE’s patented chemistry, you have the measurement and control tools needed to fully optimize your cooling operations.

    TrueSense for Cooling Features

    TrueSense directly measures all three primary chemistries used in cooling water treatment:

    • Orthophosphate for steel corrosion control
    • Polymers for the prevention of deposits from mineral scales and dispersion of suspended solids
    • Free halogen for the cost-effective control of microbiological growth

    Other benefits include:

    • Reliable onboard filtration that requires minimal maintenance with high suspended solids and high-turbidity waters
    • Alarming and self-contained diagnostics for fast and effective troubleshooting
    • Full interfacing with InSight*, GE’s cloud-based knowledge management solution

    Explore this product

    Didn't find what you need? Go to the product directory