Wet Cooling Tower Backfitting Economics

by Thomas E. Croley, II, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Div. of Energy Engrg., and Research Engr., Iowa Inst. of Hydr. Research, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa,
V. C. Patel, Prof.; Div. of Energy Engrg., and Research Engr., Iowa Inst. of Hydr. Research, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa,
Arthur R. Giaquinta, Adjunct Asst. Professor; Div. of Energy Engrg., and Research Engr., Iowa Inst. of Hydr. Research, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa,


Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 2, Pg. 115-130


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: Following enactment of legislation designed to reduce thermal discharge to the environment, the electric utility industry is faced with the prospect of backfitting their existing installations with closed-cycle cooling systems of some sort. Wet cooling towers offer an attractive choice since they perform reliably and their design is an accomplished act. A technique is presented for evaluating the cost of backfitting a power plant currently using open-cycle cooling with a closed-cycle mechanical-draft crossflow wet cooling tower. Basic relations and normalized charts for estimating the total backfit cost have been developed and are prescribed that enable inclusion of first costs and continuing resultant operating costs appropriate to the backfit cost estimate. An example is given to illustrate the methodology and the relevant parameters for the cost estimation.

Subject Headings: Cooling towers | Thermal pollution | Power plants | Cooling (wastewater treatment) | Legislation | Electric power | Industries | Electrical systems

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