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Title: Utilization of municipal wastewater for cooling in thermoelectric power plants

A process simulation model has been developed using Aspen Plus® with the OLI (OLI System, Inc.) water chemistry model to predict water quality in the recirculating cooling loop utilizing secondary- and tertiary-treated municipal wastewater as the source of makeup water. Simulation results were compared with pilot-scale experimental data on makeup water alkalinity, loop pH, and ammonia evaporation. The effects of various parameters including makeup water quality, salt formation, NH 3 and CO 2 evaporation mass transfer coefficients, heat load, and operating temperatures were investigated. The results indicate that, although the simulation model can capture the general trends in the loop pH, experimental data on the rates of salt precipitation in the system are needed for more accurate prediction of the loop pH. It was also found that stripping of ammonia and carbon dioxide in the cooling tower can influence the cooling loop pH significantly. The effects of the NH 3 mass transfer coefficient on cooling loop pH appear to be more significant at lower values (e.g., k NH3 < 4×10 -3 m/s) when the makeup water alkalinity is low (e.g., <90 mg/L as CaCO 3). The effect of the CO2 mass transfer coefficient was found to be significant only atmore » lower alkalinity values (e.g., k CO2<4×10 -6 m/s).« less
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  1. Illinois Inst. of Technology, Chicago, IL (United States)
  2. Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
  3. Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
  4. National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0016-2361
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Fuel; Journal Volume: 111; Journal Issue: C
Research Org:
National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Pittsburgh, PA, and Morgantown, WV (United States). In-house Research
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
Country of Publication:
United States
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; Municipal wastewater; Cooling system; Thermoelectric power plant; Water Chemistry and Quality; Modeling and Simulation, Cooling Tower