Essential Knowledge, Disciplines, and Practices for Managing Cooling Water Systems

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Essential Knowledge, Disciplines, and Practices for Managing Cooling Water Systems

Cooling Capacity in Dry Grind Ethanol Plants - Addressing a potentially $500 million problem

Join ACE and industry experts from Brentwood Industries, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company, Midwest Cooling Towers, Solenis, and Trane for these interactive webinars covering cooling towers, chillers, heat exchangers, water treatment, and much more!

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  • COMPLETE - Wednesday, October 10 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central
  • COMPLETE - Wednesday, October 24 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central
  • COMPLETE - Wednesday, November 7 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central
  • Wednesday, November 21 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central
  • Wednesday, December 5 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central
  • Wednesday, December 19 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central

SESSION DETAILS

october 10 (Complete)

Session 1 – Cooling System Operation & Management, Impact to Revenue

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Bob Jewell, energy systems chief at CVEC, provided an overview of the cooling system and the multifaceted approach necessary for managing those systems in order to maximize performance and efficiency and maintain longevity of the system.

Andrew Ledlie from Solenis described the economic impact of your cooling system not just on your plant, but to the industry as a whole.

In this recording, you will learn the many considerations that need to be weighed when building, operating, maintaining and managing your cooling system and how successfully doing so (or not) impacts the bottom line of your plant.

october 24 (COMPLETE)

Session 2 – Cooling Towers Enable Efficient Heat Rejection

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Chris Bowman of Brentwood Industries and Greg DeShong of Midwest Cooling Towers spoke to the key components of the cooling tower and considerations for maintaining them, indicators of cooling tower performance, and how to ensure yours is maintained to operate at peak efficiency and capacity. They also provided valuable insights and tips regarding things they have observed and experienced in the field regarding operating systems.

You will learn about the main components of the cooling tower, tips for how best to operate and maintain them, how to best to predict significant maintenance requirements and capital expenditures, and gauge performance.

November 7 (COMPLETE) 

Session 3 – Chiller Operation and Optimization requires Insight into the entire Cooling Water System

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Jim Salsman of Trane discussed the role and use of chillers, how to best assess their performance, maintain them, and keep them operating at peak efficiency. He conveyed the integral nature of the chiller as it relates to the entire cooling water system and how that can have implications to overall system performance and efficiency if not fully appreciated.

You will learn about considerations for operation and maintenance of chillers that are essential to achieve and sustain optimal performance and efficiency. You will also learn some best practices to protect the asset during downtimes or seasonal layup.

November 21

Session 4 - Heat Exchangers, Integral to the Entire System

Speakers will present on the importance of operating heat exchangers to the design specifications, the importance of having clean heat exchangers, tips for maintenance and things to look for, as well as tools and tips for control and monitoring of your heat exchanger, and maximizing efficiency.

You will learn about considerations for how best to operate and optimize heat exchanger use and how a thorough appreciation and execution of best practices may reveal opportunities for improvement in overall cooling water system performance and efficiencies.

december 5

Session 5 – Cooling Water Treatment:  It’s Not “Just Water,” It’s Not that Simple

Tim Duncan of Solenis will speak about the importance of diligent and effective cooling water treatment. He will also reveal the ‘not so obvious’ complexities and considerations for implementing an efficient and effective water treatment program in an ethanol plant. He will show how water treatment performance directly impacts cooling capacity and efficiency, as well as the asset life of key cooling system components.

You will learn how biofilm, scale, and corrosion are the inter-related culprits that may be impacting the efficiency and capacity of the cooling water system, where to look for and measure for improvement opportunities in your current treatment program, and tried and true approaches that have been proven effective in other industries.

december 19 

Session 6 – Roadmap to Recovery – Putting your New Found Expertise to Work!

Now with a better appreciation and understanding for the complex nature of the complete cooling system, we will discuss the next steps to evaluate whether the physical and operating characteristics of your system truly meet the needs of your facility.

You will learn some ways to measure and determine if you are cooling constrained and what it may be costing you, how to identify deficiencies in your cooling water system, where to go for additional help and resources in solving issues and system deficiencies.

PRESENTERS

Robert Jewell, Energy Systems Chief, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

Robert Jewell, Energy Systems Chief, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

Bob (Robert) Jewell is currently Energy Systems Chief at Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson, Minnesota. He has over 30 years of experience in the industrial utilities sector, including 21 years of experience working in the ethanol industry. He specializes in the operation, supervision, and management of a diverse range of industrial utilities systems to include; Physical Steam Plants, Central Plants, Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants, and Facilities to include; low and high pressure steam plants, hot water plants, various refrigeration systems, evaporative cooling systems, biomass gasification systems, and building and facility management. Bob has also been appointed to public offices and served for over a decade on state of Minnesota advisory boards and councils regarding trade licensing and construction codes. He also writes technical articles and columns for various state, national, and international regulatory agencies, trade associations, trade magazines, and on-line forums – all with relevance to Industrial Utilities.

Chris Bowman, Director of Business Development, Brentwood Industries

Chris Bowman, Director of Business Development, Brentwood Industries

Chris Bowman is the Director of Business Development for Brentwood’s Cooling Tower division, leading growth and engaging new markets in North, Central, and South America. Having worked in the cooling tower industry for over 10 years, he combines tower sales and design knowledge with extensive inspection experience to help customers maximize performance. Chris has inspected countless towers throughout the U.S., including those serving ethanol facilities, petrochemical processes, HVAC, and power applications.

Andrew Ledlie, North America Marketing Manager, Solenis

Andrew Ledlie, North America Marketing Manager, Solenis

Andrew Ledlie is the North American Marketing Manager for Biorefining at Solenis and is focused on bringing new technologies and solutions to the ethanol industry. A graduate of McMaster University in Canada with a degree in molecular biology, Andrew has 27 years of experience at Solenis in a variety of roles including sales, marketing, business management, new technology launch, project management and product management. Andrew has worked in a variety of industries with a focus on process and water treatment technologies, and is a frequent speaker and author within the biorefining industry.

Tim Duncan, Applications Project Manager Cooling Water, Solenis

Tim Duncan, Applications Project Manager Cooling Water, Solenis

Tim Duncan has been in the position of Applications Project Manager Cooling Water for two years. He holds a BSChE from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an MBA from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Tim spent seven years in steel production management and one year in industrial coating technology before starting his water treatment career. Part of this time was as a consumer of industrial water treatment for cooling systems.

He has 30 years of experience in all types of industrial water treatment in a variety of commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities. Tim is experienced in influent, effluent, cooling water and boiler water treatment and the associated ancillary and control equipment associated with these unit operations. He has been involved with water treatment in ethanol plants since 1998 and has experience in the design, build and operation of pretreatment equipment, treatment and control equipment, and chemical programs in a variety of ethanol plant designs.

Greg Deshong, New Tower Sales Manager, Midwest Cooling Towers

Greg Deshong, New Tower Sales Manager, Midwest Cooling Towers

Greg DeShong has been in the cooling tower industry for 41 years beginning with Zurn Industries, Cooling Tower Division in 1977. During that time, Greg has worked in Drafting, Engineering, Cooling Tower Repair and New Tower Sales and Management. He was the Senior Vice President for a manufacturer of cooling tower parts in Washington State and is currently the New Tower Sales Manager for Midwest Cooling Towers, Inc. Greg has been with Midwest for 15 years.

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