Eliminating once-through cooling creates significant opportunities for research facilities

This interesting analysis of General Electric's sustainable growth documents how the company's total water use fell 18.3% from 2011 to 2012.


Courtesy: Cannon DesignThis interesting analysis of General Electric's sustainable growth documents how the company's total water use fell 18.3% from 9.1 billion gallons in 2011 to 7.43 in 2012. From 2006-2012, water use fell 46%, far exceeding the company’s target of a 25% reduction by 2015. Over the same six year period, once-through cooling water use fell from 8.9 billion to 3.92 billion – roughly a 55% decrease.

This analysis is further evidence that once-through cooling is a dated and ineffective method. More and more companies are finding ways to eliminate the cooling method with modern methods and technologies including the eVap. The innovative eVap chilling systems provide necessary cooling for research facilities and also eliminating the risk of flooding.

Moving to technologies like the eVap cooling systems is simply the right thing to do. One quick look at GE's sustainability reports indicates that billions and billions of gallons of water are being wasted every year around the world. The eVap is an opportunity for research institutions to operate in a significantly more sustainable manner, conserve water and reap operational cost savings.

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