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BCP™ 1015 - In an Air Scrubber System and condenser water loop bio-organic deposit clean-up and control - Case Study


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Problem 1 – Fouled Air Scrubber System

Image 1: Before BCP™ 1015 treatment: foam & biomass material collected at the screen

An air scrubber system located in a high ammonia environment with a low pH (2.8) water and conductivity ofLess than 1000 was exhibiting significant biomass build-up. When screens were pulled for cleaning, the mesh contained a thick layer of bio-mass. (Image 1) In addition, the system’s recirculating pump exhibited operational problems and the pH probe was typically fouled.

Solution – Clean-up with BCP™ 1015

Image 2: After BCP™ 1015 treatment

The air scrubber system was cleaned up over the course of 7 days. The system was dosed 2 times a day with BCP™ 1015. When the screen was pulled, there was little bio-mass and the area was much cleaner. (Image 2) The customer noted less trouble from the recirculation pump and the pH probe needed significantly less cleaning.

Problem 2 - Fouled Condenser Water Cooling System
A condenser water cooling loop had significant biomass build-up in the fill. The extent of the fouling was seen when the fill was cleaned in September.

Solution - Clean-up with BCP™ 1015 & Maintain with Biofilm Control Program based on BCP™ 1015
Treatment with BCP™ 1015 was commenced in December 2013 using a feed rate of approximately one gallon every day (100 ppm). During the first 4-5 weeks of this clean-up regimen, a thick slurry with much dirt was formed on the surface.

In February, the dosing program was changed ¾ of a gallon of BCP™ 1015 (75 ppm) fed two times per day followed 3 hours later with stabilized chlorine dioxide. This biofilm control program was in place for 7 months until September 2014. A side-stream filter was also installed in mid-March 2014. At the end of this time the towers were cleaned by the HVAC contractors and the fill showed significantly less biomass as compared to a year earlier when BCP™ 1015 treatment was first begun.

This system was sanitized every 5-8 weeks. Before the addition of BCP™ 1015, significant foam developed during the sanitizations. After 8 weeks of using the clean-up protocol, less foam was produced during the sanitization of the condenser water loop.

After approximately ten months of using BCP™ 1015, the customer states ‘it is apparent the condenser water system is significantly cleaner with less biomass’. This program was a success and will be continued by the customer based on the significant improvement of the condenser water system.

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