Feb 09, 2012

Thermal Desalination Units Outfit Chilean Power Station

Low-energy mechanical vapor compression units help meet capacity needs

Thermal Desalination Units Outfit Chilean Power Station

IDE Technologies announced that its mechanical vapor compression (MVC) desalination units have been selected by Norgener, an AES Gener company, for a power station facility in Chile owned by AES. The units provide the supplementary boiler feed quality water required to meet its increased capacity needs.

IDE’s MVC units have been in operation at the AES Gener facility for the last two decades. Located in Tocopilla, Chile, the new unit at the Norgener electrical power plant will yield an additional capacity of 600 m3/day of filtered water. Seawater from the Pacific Ocean will be desalinated by IDE’s reliable MVC technology and used as boiler feed water (BFW).

With highly efficient evaporator condensers, IDE’s technology will provide the increased water supply required in a cost-efficient manner, while requiring minimal levels of energy and a small footprint.

“We continue to be very pleased with our pure water cycles due to the reliability of IDE's MVC solution, which has been operating successfully for years,” said Daniel Montino of AES Gener. “IDE provides a great level of assistance and quality that is excellent.”