By Jørn Urup Nielsen, Group Sales Director, Eurowater
Optimumwater treatment will help prolong life cycles of the critical components in a district heating system, including accumulation tanks, boilers, heat exchangers, the piping transmission and distribution network. Furthermore, correct water treatment can bring along both water savings and energy savings.
DEFINITION OF ASSET MANAGEMENT Wikipidia gives a good definition of the engineering environment perspective: “The practice of managing assets to achieve the greatest return (particularly useful for productive assets such as plant and equipment), and the process of monitoring and maintaining facilities systems, with the objective of providing the best possible service to users in all dimensions.
Infrastructure asset management is the combination of management, financial, economic, engineering, and other practices applied to physical assets with the objective of providing the required level of service in the most cost-effective manner. It includes the management of the entire lifecycle - including design, construction, commissioning, operating, maintaining, repairing, modifying, replacing and decommissioning/disposal—of physical and infrastructure assets”.
RELATION BETWEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT AND WATER TREATMENT? So, what is the role of water treatment in relation to asset management? Well, correct water treatment will prevent corrosion and thereby have a positive effect on all issues mentioned above. Optimum water treatment will indeed prolong life cycles of the critical components in a district heating system.
In short: Optimum water treatment can extend life cycles of all the expensive components in a district heating system. Furthermore, correct water treatment will have a positive effect on maintenance requirements as well as maintenance costs i.e. for boilers, heat exchangers etc. (including reducing the annual downtime significantly).
Water treatment plant for production of make-up water for the district heating grid in Aalborg, Denmark.
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