Cooling Tower Biocide

ScaleBlaster and Its Benefit to Power Plants

Cooling Tower Biocide

Part Two

Our previous article examined several ways the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler can benefit power plants.  Part two will look at additional reasons why power plant managers should consider ScaleBlaster for water scale removal and prevention.

Extends Life of Capital Equipment

ScaleBlaster will extend equipment life dramatically, maximizing the return on capital investment.

Prevents Scale Accumulation

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is not only effective in pipe scale removal, but it will modify the scale-forming ions so they do not adhere to each other, the pipe walls, tubes, jets or heat transfer surfaces.

Reduces Maintenance and Downtime

ScaleBlaster will significantly reduce overall maintenance and downtime. Adding chemicals such as cooling tower biocide, balancing water chemistry and cleaning shutdowns will be greatly reduced.

Controls Algae and Bacteria

ScaleBlaster helps control algae and bacteria by eliminating their breeding ground lime scale deposits. The modified calcium crystals and higher cycles of concentration help to impede algae and biofilm formations.

Energy Savings

The primary energy savings are a result of a decrease in energy consumption in heating or cooling applications.

Removes Existing Scale

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is a hard water scale remover and is extremely effective when it comes to lime scale removal and pipe scale removal.

A ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is a wise investment for any industrial operation. It can significantly lower the cost of operating a power plant by reducing the need for chemicals (i.e. cooling tower biocide), using less water, preserving the life of equipment, operating more efficiently and reducing energy costs.  Contact one of our industrial specialists to learn more about how ScaleBlaster can significantly improve your power plant operation.

Cooling Tower Biocide

Benefits of ScaleBlaster at Power Plants

Cooling Tower Biocide

Part One

As discussed in our previous article, lime scale removal and control is an integral part of ensuring efficient operation of a power plant.  Cooling tower biocide is generally used as a hard water scale remover, but it contains harsh chemicals and requires a lot of manpower to manage.

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler controls lime scale deposits throughout a power plant operation.  It is effective in water scale removal and control not only in cooling towers but also condensers, chillers, boilers and compressors. Let’s take a look at how the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler benefits a power plant.

Chemical Reduction

ScaleBlaster can significantly reduce the need to use chemicals such as cooling tower biocide as a hard water scale remover and/or for the prevention of corrosion and scale.

Reduces Corrosion

ScaleBlaster allows for increased cycles of concentration which naturally and gently elevates the pH of the re-circulating water, thereby rendering the water less corrosive. An electronic water descaler controls scaling potentials, which lessens troublesome corrosive cell formations of calcium/iron deposits on the metal surfaces. ScaleBlaster helps control biofilm formation where bacteria can actively attack all metal surfaces.

Increases Cycles of Concentration

By allowing the conductivity levels to go higher, you may be able to raise the cycles of concentration which will result in significant water savings.

Improves Efficiency

ScaleBlaster is not only effective in lime scale removal, but it keeps heat transfer surfaces free from lime scale, thus allowing systems to operate under optimal design conditions.

Part two of this article will cover more reasons why power plants should consider the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler for lime scale removal and prevention. Interested in learning more?  Contact one of our industrial specialists today!

Cooling Tower Biocide

The Down Side of Cooling Tower Biocide

Cooling Tower Biocide

Cooling tower biocide is often used for water scale removal in power generation plants. While a hard water scale remover must be used to preserve the integrity of the cooling towers and prevent corrosion, an electronic water descaler can reduce the need for cooling tower biocide.  Before we discuss the down side of cooling tower biocide, let’s take a closer look at the damage lime scale causes.

Why is water scale removal and control so important?

Lime scale deposits create an insulating layer on heat-transfer surfaces. It is estimated that 40% or more energy is needed to heat water in a system fouled with ¼” of lime scale. This either leads to more power consumption or the need for heavier-duty, more expensive heat exchangers to compensate. Scaled boiler tubes mechanically fail as a result of overheating. Cooling tower plates can collapse due to the weight of scale deposits. Erosion damage can occur as a result of scale particles breaking loose and subsequently impinging upon other surfaces.

What about pipe scale removal?

Pipework scale reduces the available cross-section area and fluids are affected by increased pipe wall friction. A larger, more power-consuming pump will be required to maintain throughput volumes, which may only be a temporary solution.

Cooling tower biocide is the most common solution for lime scale removal.  However, chemicals used in a cooling tower biocide are not only costly, but they can be harmful and are even considered pollutants in some areas. Discharge water regulations have made the disposal of chemically treated water a regulatory concern. Cooling tower biocide also requires a lot of manpower and labor.

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler, on the otherhand, is non-invasive and adds nothing to the water, thus simplifying compliance measures. And, it is not only an effective hard water scale remover, but it also helps prevent and control new scale from forming.

There is a definite downside to cooling tower biocide.  The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler provides an affordable and effective solution to reduce and/or eliminate your need for these harmful chemicals. Our next article will discuss some of the benefits ScaleBlaster has when incorporated into a power plant.

ScaleBlaster Commercial Applications

ScaleBlaster Commercial Applications

ScaleBlaster Commercial Applications

Our next series of articles will discuss how the ScaleBlaster water conditioner is commonly used in commercial applications.

Cooling Towers

Water conditioners reduce the need for cooling tower biocide. ScaleBlaster is a lime scale remover and also helps prevent water scale buildup, bacteria, biofilm, corrosion and algae
blooms. Hard water treatment provided by water conditioners increases the life of the equipment and lowers energy costs.

Chillers / Condensers / Air Handlers

Water conditioners are an effective lime scale remover.  They also control water scale deposits on heat exchanger tubes and surfaces, resulting in substantial energy savings.


The ScaleBlaster water conditioner saves on chemical and maintenance costs and extends the life of equipment. It is a lime scale remover that also reduces water scale formation on boiler fire tubes, condensation tanks, pumps, pipes and valves.

Water Heater Tanks

Lime scale is controlled on the heating coil and tank which results in greater efficiency..


ScaleBlaster is a lime scale remover that also reduces water scale so steamers require little or no maintenance for water scale build-up.


Aerators will no longer clog up with water scale formation. No more excessive cleaning and replacement!

Plumbing System

Since ScaleBlaster is a lime scale remover, your entire plumbing system will be de-scaled
without any chemicals or replumbing. This results in huge savings in heating and plumbing replacement costs.

If you own a business, you can’t afford not to incorporate hard water treatment.  The ScaleBlaster water conditioner requires little maintenance and is chemical free.  Contact one of our commercial water conditioner specialists today!

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Power Plants – Cut the Cooling Tower Biocide!

water scale removal

Cooling tower biocide and other chemicals used for water scale removal are not only costly, but they wreak havoc on the environment.  The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler is a proven tool to solve water scale removal problems in power generation. Let’s take a look at some examples:

Power Plants Throughout China

Hundreds of SB-1200s, SB-1800s, SB-2000s, SB-2800s, SB-3600s and SB-4000s have been installed since 2004.

China is the world’s most populous country with more than 1.35 billion citizens. Their hundreds of large power plants include the Fuxin Power Plant, Liaoning Power Plant, Jilin Power Plant, Quinghemen Power Plant, Yuanbaoshan Power Plant and Bang Rong Power.  As with any power plant, limescale removal is an issue. The costs of downtime, labor and chemicals/cooling tower biocide used for water scale removal were astronomical until ScaleBlaster came into play.  In addition to pipe scale removal, the capital equipment that came in contact with water in the power plants also benefited from ScaleBlaster, saving millions of dollars. In fact, ScaleBlaster is solving water scale removal issues in power plants throughout China to the point that it is now considered a necessity in the industry.

Las Vegas Cogeneration Plant

In 2003, the very first ScaleBlaster industrial model – a SB-4000 – was installed on the pipeline.

This 238-megawatt power plant used warm water it produced to heat a massive 12-acre greenhouse that grew 40,000 lbs. of tomatoes. Due to the nature of heating water in an extremely hard water area, major scaling in the heating pipes was taking place, thus requiring a cost effective hard water scaler remover.  Using chemicals as a limescale remover was costly and required additional labor and downtime.  ScaleBlaster was an affordable alternative to chemicals.  Once ScaleBlaster was installed, the pipe scale removal issues became a thing of the past.

Forget all the chemicals and cooling tower biocide.  If you are seeking an economical and eco-friendly method to deal with water scale removal, the ScaleBlaster electronic descaler is exactly what you need to keep your operation running efficiently.

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How an Electronic Descaler Can Reduce the Need for Cooling Tower Biocide

cooling tower biocide

A Cooling tower biocide is used to kill harmful algae and bacteria and eliminate limescale that eventually leads to corrosion.  The problem with cooling tower biocide is that it is comprised of chemicals and requires the expense of staff to maintain.  The costs of cooling tower biocide adds up over time, and, depending on the chemicals used, could actually be harmful to humans and the environment.

The ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler not only controls algae, bacteria and limescale, but it is also effective in pipe scale removal. Best of all, it requires NO chemicals and little maintenance.  An electronic descaler is easy to install and does not come into contact with the water.  It works by emitting sonic waves which naturally elevates and stabilizes the PH of the circulating water. Once the PH is stabilized, existing limescale is removed and the corrosive properties of the water is significantly reduced.

In a nutshell, the ScaleBlaster electronic water descaler operates using sonic waves. A cooling tower biocide, on the other hand, adds chemicals to the water. An electronic descaler raises the PH balance of the water, which increases cycles of concentration, thus saving water and reducing utility costs.  Best of all, it is a one-time investment vs. cooling tower biocide which needs to be purchased on a regular basis to effectively  control algae and bacteria.

Are you seeking to save money and/or reduce downtime and maintenance?  If so, consider the ScaleBlaster industrial electronic water descaler as an alternative to cooling tower biocide.  Our industrial specialists stand ready to help!!

Things to Consider When Choosing an Industrial Lime Descaler

Three Factors of Cooling Tower Water Quality

Clearwater Enviro Technologies offers specialized services for commercial and industrial cooling towers. Our nearly 30 years in the industry has provided us with the experience and expertise to develop systems designed to provide the best cooling tower water treatment options on the market.

Quality water that is free from organic and inorganic contaminants is essential for the optimal performance, efficiency and life cycle of any cooling system. The calcium hardness level of the water can significantly impact the overall function.  An electronic descaling system such as ScaleBlaster eliminates and controls lime scale, resulting in less corrosion, damage and downtime to repair and/or replace components.

Let’s look at the three main factors that affect cooling tower water quality:


The water hardness scale plays a significant role in water quality.  High calcium hardness levels mean that more impurities remain as pure water is evaporated. ScaleBlaster uses an oscillating electronic field to change the shape of the calcium molecules in the water and causing it to lose its ability to stick. This approach is highly effective at eliminating the risk of lime scale build up in the cooling tubes and on the heat exchange components.


Corrosion can wreak havoc on the pipes and internal cooling tower systems.  ScaleBlaster helps reduces the corrosive properties of the water while removing existing lime scale.

Algae and Bacteria

Algae and bacteria are very problematic. Controlling them is an important part of a cooling tower water treatment plan.  ScaleBlaster is extremely effective in controlling algae and bacteria.

Learn more about our industrial ScaleBlaster models.

Things to Consider When Choosing an Industrial Lime Descaler

Cooling Tower Water Treatment in Power Generation Applications

Power generation plants rely on cooling towers, which require ongoing maintenance to remain effective. Installing an electronic water descaler for cooling tower water treatment reduces the need for cooling tower biocide and other harmful chemicals which degrade the overall integrity of the structure and its systems.

The water hardness scale plays a large part because cooling towers are designed to allow the “pure” water to evaporate while impurities remain.  The higher the water hardness scale, the more scale that is left behind.  This eventually leads to corrosion and other major problems. You may find this water hardness chart and water hardness map helpful in determining the hardness of the water in your area.

ScaleBlaster is an electronic water descaler that effectively works as a cooling tower water treatment system by eliminating existing limescale and prevents new limescale from forming. ScaleBlaster sends electromagnetic waves through the water pipe which change the properties of calcium molecules, thus preventing them from sticking to the inside walls.

Here is how ScaleBlaster benefits power generation plants:

Cooling Tower Water Treatment

ScaleBlaster controls lime scale deposits on tower fill, sump tank, spray headers, valves, pumps and pipes.

Condensers & Chillers

ScaleBlaster controls lime scale deposits on heat exchange surfaces.


ScaleBlaster controls lime scale deposits on boiler fire tubes, condensation tank, pumps, pipes, and valves.


ScaleBlaster controls lime scale deposits on cooling surfaces.

Waste Water Treatment

ScaleBlaster controls lime scale deposits in tanks, pumps, pipes, valves and sensors.

Our industrial dealers can help you determine which ScaleBlaster model is best for you. They can also guide you in determining your calcium hardness level.

Cooling Tower Limescale Removal

Considering Cooling Tower Limescale Removal?

Cooling towers experience limescale buildup because as water is re-used, pure water evaporates leaving behind impurities. Limescale removal is important because the buildup can result in less efficiency and eventually corrosion.  Cooling tower biocides are commonly used to help combat limescale and other problems that result. However, these are very costly and use harmful chemicals which are not eco-friendly.

Cooling Tower Limescale Removal Without Harmful Chemicals

Ideally, you need a limescale removal system that is environmentally friendly. An electronic water conditioner operates using oscillating electronic fields that change the charge, size and shape of the calcium molecule. The surface tension of the water is decreased, which removes existing scale and prevents new limescale from forming.

Water Conditioners Do Not Require Constant Maintenance

Your cooling tower already requires ongoing maintenance. Why add to the list? A water conditioning system such as ScaleBlaster is easy to install and requires no regular check-ups.

Cooling Tower Limescale Removal Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune

The cooling tower is an important part of your infrastructure. Don’t let the pipes corrode or lessen the efficiency of your system. ScaleBlaster electronic water conditioner is an inexpensive option to help prevent the costly effects of limescale buildup. We have authorized dealers throughout the United States and internationally who are well-versed in helping companies determine the best ScaleBlaster water conditioner model to fit their needs.

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Why Cooling Systems Require Regular Descaling

Industrial equipment relies on cooling systems to ensure proper temperatures are maintained.  However, when hard water scale builds up, it can hinder proper functioning of the system.  An electronic water conditioner system can prevent hard water damage.  A water conditioner is a form of hard water treatment in that it prevents hard water damage by sending an inaudible signal through the pipe which causes turbulence in the water molecules and ion exchange in mineral atoms.  Crystals are unable to adhere to any surface; thus hard scale cannot form. As a result, existing scale not only goes away, it never returns again.

Since most cooling systems use water as the main coolant, a water conditioner is important for limescale removal and prevention.  Electronic water conditioner systems are effective when it comes to limescale removal and are used in industrial applications to prevent the degradation of expensive cooling systems.

Cooling towers also rely on industrial water conditioner systems for limescale removal and prevention.  Cooling towers re-use water, causing pure water to be evaporated.  As a result, many impurities, including limescale, remain. A water conditioner stabilizes the PH of the circulating water, thus preventing corrosion, controlling algae and bacteria and removing existing limescale.

When you consider the cost of damage that can occur to cooling systems and cooling towers, a water conditioner is an inexpensive option. The ScaleBlaster water conditioning system is a respected and proven limescale remover for industrial applications.  Best of all, it also preserves the integrity of your equipment by preventing new scale from forming.  Contact one of ScaleBlaster’s industrial dealers / specialists to learn more. We work with industries throughout the United States and abroad.

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