Tower Tech Wins Cooling Tower Manufacturer of the Year Award

OKLAHOMA CITY – Tower Tech, Inc. was awarded the Manufacturer of the Year (Cooling Tower) Award during the Climate Control Awards 2015 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, UAE on November 23rd, 2015. Receiving the award on behalf of Tower Tech was Mr. Akel Diab, Controls & Contracting Solutions Director for Trane Middle East & Africa.

Award for Cooling Tower Manufacturer of the Year

Mr. Akel Diab of Trane Middle East & Africa accepting Climate Control award on behalf of Tower Tech

The award is sponsored by CPI Industry and Climate Control Middle East magazine, judged and evaluated according to their systems and processes, and monitored by third-party auditing firm KPMG. The theme of the Fifth Annual Climate Control Awards, according to CPI Industry’s Editorial Director & Associate Publisher, B. Surendar, was ‘Inter-connected in thought and execution’. According to Surendar, “The philosophy behind the theme is the critical need for the HVACR industry to work as a cohesive unit towards achieving specific goals, be they energy efficiency; resource conservation; reliability; good indoor environmental quality; food safety or ease of installation, operation and maintenance.”

“Tower Tech wishes to thank our outstanding customers for their support and for making Tower Tech a success in the Middle East. Furthermore, we thank our talented sales representatives Trane Middle East & Africa (UAE and Qatar) and Radian Oil & Gas (Saudi Arabia and Bahrain) for representing us with distinction in the GCC region,” said Daniel Coday, Sales Manager – International for Tower Tech.

Mr. Wasfi Hassan, Head of Mechanical Department for Allied Consultants in Dubai, attended the award ceremony and was involved in a 5,000 ton district cooling plant project in Dubai that selected Tower Tech cooling towers in 2013. Mr. Wasfi reminisced over some of the driving factors for choosing this specific tower. “The variable flow distribution system, multiple bottom-mounted fans, and enclosed basin design [is what] first attracted my attention. When operating the towers we were surprised to get performance exceeding the design value in such a humid environment. It was great to see Tower Tech get this deserved award.”

Upon learning about the award, Mr. Syed Younus Ahmed, Director, HVAC Operations and Maintenance at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia said “congratulations to the entire Tower Tech team.” When asked about his experience with operating Tower Tech cooling towers he replied “It’s almost impossible to perceive how truly process and environmentally friendly this cooling tower is.”

Tower Tech CEO Robert C. Brink stated “Our vision is to be the most customer-driven cooling tower company in the world – the standard by which all other cooling tower companies are measured. We thank CPI, Climate Control Middle East magazine, our amazing customers throughout the GCC region, and our GCC factory certified representatives Trane Middle East & Africa and Radian Oil & Gas.”

Mr. Brink added “With the recent introduction of our new TTXR line, Tower Tech offers even greater performance at reduced installed fan power and footprint. The TTXR is more affordable for mid and large sized projects with the same unique counterflow design solutions. Tower Tech continues to raise the standard for a better customer cooling tower experience.”

 

About Tower Tech:

Tower Tech, Inc., based in Oklahoma City, USA manufactures innovative modular cooling towers.

Tower Tech towers are designed to reduce installation time and costs, environmental impact, operating costs, and tower maintenance. Design features include: variable flow technology; low Legionella risk; TSE and sea water friendly operation; non-corrosive construction; built-in redundancy; modularity; and low sand/dust entrapment.

Tower Tech’s products are used worldwide for comfort cooling, industrial processes, and power generation. Tower Tech’s revolutionary cooling towers have been recognized by environmental advocacy groups for their ability to conserve energy and water.

For more information, visit the Tower Tech web site at www.towertechinc.com.

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How To Design A Cooling Tower

The first cooling tower was designed during the Industrial Revolution and is used to extract heat from industrial, power and HVAC processes.  If you asked the question “how to design a cooling tower” in the late 1800’s, the answer would be quite a bit different than the answer in 2012.

Today we have evolved substantially with improved knowledge around energy efficiency, water conservation, reduced emissions and overall environmental impact, worker safety, improved reliability, and aesthetics.  Nevertheless, today’s conventional cooling tower basic design has many similarities to the design of a cooling tower over 100 years ago.  This can easily be seen on the brochures of many leading manufacturers showcasing:

  • Large top mounted fans operating in the hot, corrosive exhaust air stream exposed to the elements that can lead to devastating results to the process when they fail
  • Ladders and handrails to routinely access mechanical equipment 15’-30‘ or higher above ground level
  • Drift rates of .002% and greater with open air inlet louvers allowing significant chemically treated water to escape and land on adjacent ground, cars, equipment, buildings and humans
  • Large unsightly stagnant water basins exposing basin water to the sun and natural elements allowing harmful breeding such as Legionnaires’ Disease
  • Corrosive materials of construction such as galvanized metal that can leach harmful elements into the circulating water and deteriorate quickly
  • Distribution systems with a single operating point that require entire cells to be turned off during off-peak operating conditions, which is the majority of the time, for optimal performance
  • Distribution systems that can clog easily requiring maintenance personnel to routinely enter the tower box for maintenance
How To Design A Cooling Tower

How To Design A Cooling Tower

Many manufacturers have put an adhesive bandage on the conventional cooling tower design problem by offering an option to address the design flaw that most concerns each specific prospective customer.  For example, a forced-draft design is offered when there are concerns of drift and top-mounted fans.  A stainless steel or FRP design is offered when corrosion or long life expectancy is a concern.  Basin sweepers are offered when concerns of stagnant basins arise.

Many of these options help reduce the concern.  Unfortunately, they often do not always address the entire problem that is your primary concern (ex. SS basins when most of the structure is still galvanized) or create other unfavorable impacts (ex. having to maintain belts with many forced draft designs).  Take care when designing your next cooling tower project to ensure your concerns are adequately addressed.  If your only concern is initial cost, you will likely end up with a cooling tower that comes with many of the same design limitations of technology that was in play 100 years ago.  If you seek out the latest technology available that addresses each of the design flaws listed above, you will likely find a relatively quick return on your additional investment and sleep much better if cooling tower operation is your concern.  Think about “how to design a cooling tower” not only for 2012, but for the anticipated useful life of your next cooling tower.  After all, you will live with the cooling tower and its corresponding energy efficiency, water consumption, environmental impact, safety, reliability and aesthetics for the life of the cooling tower.