Gregg Montgomery, President
Petrochemical plants, chemical manufacturers, refineries, and other large manufacturing facilities use cooling towers to extract heat into the atmosphere using water as transport media. The fact that this generally accounts for up to 30 percent of the total water used in an average building, makes it a necessity for companies to prevent biological fouling, scale, and corrosion in the water and subsequently, avoid any disruption in the cooling tower operations. Traditionally, businesses have been using biocidal, dispersant, and scale-inhibiting chemicals for this purpose. Despite being effective, stringent regulations today deters manufacturers from storing, handling, and using chemicals for cooling-tower water treatment.
This is where Vortex CHC steps in. The company offers an environment-friendly water treatment technology through Controlled Hydrodynamic Cavitation that can be used in HVAC, process cooling, and refrigeration systems to effectively control scale, biological growth, and corrosion. More importantly, the company does not rely on chemicals for water treatment, which ensures the re-usability of water in a plethora of areas, such as irrigation, green roofs, landscape ponds, to name a few. “We believe in educating clients on their process water so that they make better decision about how to ensure the longevity of equipment and run facilities in an eco-friendly way with zero water wastage. Some of our clients even grow fish in the blowdown water,” comments Gregg Montgomery, President, Vortex CHC.
What sets Vortex CHC a notch above the rest is its focus on rightly understanding the challenges that clients face and their filtration requirement. “We never provide our clients with off-the-shelf solutions—everything that we do is driven by clients’ requirements. We call it customized customer solution,” says Carl Steffen, Chief Engineer, Vortex CHC. Every CHC system usually comprises integrated filtration—a centrifugal separator and an automatic screen filter.
While the separator removes heavier solids, the screen filter is capable of eliminating lighter than water particles. “Our filtration system has the auto cleaning capability, so clients do not need to hire maintenance staff for this purpose,” Steffan comments.
We believe in educating clients on their process water so that they make better decision about how to ensure the longevity of equipment and run facilities in an eco-friendly way with zero water wastage
Vortex CHC has also brought innovation into the nozzle design. By forcing water through a pair of its horizontally opposed nozzles, the company harnesses the energy of the cavitation process and directs it into the water stream. “We create cavitation in the water stream, not in the nozzles. This is how we are able to remove any possibility of over treating the water. Also, due to their unique design and geometry, our nozzles efficiently control the flow of liquid. As a result, clients can achieve desired results without damage to nozzles or chamber,” Steffen adds.
With such an innovative offering, Vortex CHC helped Tropicana—an American multinational company that primarily makes fruit-based beverages—to build a state-of-the-art refrigerated warehouse and eliminated their concerns over water wastage, environmental impact, worker safety, and cost burden. For this project, the company installed three 250 GPM CHC treatment units and a high capacity automated filtration system. “They are working on the same technology for the last 18 years and have been able to gain significant cost savings,” Montgomery mentions.
Such instances of client success always drive Vortex CHC to explore new avenues of growth and reach out to new market segments. In this context, Steffen mentions that the hospitality, education, and the healthcare industry is continuously realizing the importance of ensuring the cleanliness and safety of their HVAC systems and asset safety. Needless to say, the company is looking for new opportunities in this vertical. “We specifically focus on corrosion and rely on mechanical degassing of CO2 in the water. This leads to effective utilization of water resources by reducing waste,” concludes Steffan.