Niagara Blower Acquires Kathabar, Inc.

Niagara Blower Company has acquired the assets of Kathabar, Inc. from Ross Air Systems. Located in Somerset, New Jersey, Kathabar designs and manufactures dehumidification systems for the food, beverage, metals, and pharmaceutical industries. The newly formed subsidiary will be called Kathabar Dehumidification Systems, Inc. (KDS). Terms of the deal were not disclosed...read more
 

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Wet Surface Air Coolers for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Applications
August 6, 2010

Niagara Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC™) closed-loop, evaporative fluid coolers and vapor condensers are used in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS).  This technology is utilized for applications including high pressure natural gas cooling and supercritical CO2 cooling for well injection and multistage compression.  WSAC systems offer important benefits such as:

  • Can potentially eliminate the first stage of multistage compression

  • Increased CO2 density and flow rate

  • Cooler outlet temperatures

  • Greater operating capacity/efficiency

  • Smaller plot space requirement

  • Consistent thermal performance

  • Water conservation

 

Wet Surface Air Coolers for Shale Gas Applications
August 6, 2010

In response to the current activity in shale gas formation exploration and production, Niagara Blower is ready to meet the demands of the shale gas boom. 

 

Increased Demand in WSACs for Drilling Cooling Systems
August 6, 2010

Niagara recently teamed up with Flow Process Technologies, Inc. for the third time to provide WSAC systems (mud coolers) to cool drilling fluids.  “There has been a large demand from the drilling cooling industry lately,” said Flow Process President Allyn Conwell, “Niagara Blower has been instrumental in supplying these systems in a timely manner.”

 

Niagara Wet Surface Air Coolers featured in Power Engineering November issue
December 16, 2009

The November (Power-Gen Show) issue of Power Engineering features an article on hybrid cooling which discusses Wet Surface Air Coolers

With the increasing demand for power, as well as restrictions on water availability and disposal, cooling system efficiency and dependability are more important than ever before.  Closed-loop, evaporative Wet Surface Air Coolers are used for aux loop cooling and steam condensing at simple and combined cycle power plants.  They can allow a facility to sell more power to the grid by means of lower horsepower requirements, sometimes by as much as 60 percent compared with other technologies.  WSAC systems offer an additional advantage of being able to use poor quality water as spray makeup; this feature helps reduce the amount of makeup and discharge from a plant.  Using high quality components and rugged industrial construction allow a closed-loop, evaporative cooler to operate for many years with minimal maintenance.

Read the entire article from the Power Engineering November issue at http://pepei.pennnet.com/display_article/371164/6/ARTCL/none/none/1/Innovative-Hybrid-Cooling-Technologies/.

 

Niagara President is featured guest columnist in Processing’s special August issue

September 2, 2009

Niagara Blower Company President Peter Demakos, P.E. is the featured guest columnist in Processing’s special August Water/Waste Processing issue.  Mr. Demakos discusses closed-loop, evaporative cooling systems and how they are used for water management and conservation.

Read the entire article from Processing’s special August Water/Waste Processing issue at http://www.waterwasteproc-digital.com/wwprocessing/200908?folio=16#pg18.

The Niagara Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC) system is used for liquid cooling and vapor condensing at a variety of industrial facilities.  Advantages include lower horsepower (less carbon footprint) and the ability to use poor quality water as spray makeup. 

 

Niagara Wet Surface Air Coolers featured in Combined Cycle Journal Q2 issue

September 2, 2009

The latest issue of Combined Cycle Journal features an article on the NV Energy Chuck Lenzie Generating Station.  Part of the cooling system includes a Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC).  The WSAC is used in conjunction with a dry cooler for the closed cooling water loop.  This wet/dry system significantly reduces the annual water consumption required for aux loop cooling.

Read the entire article from the Combined Cycle Journal second quarter issue at http://www.combinedcyclejournal.com/2Q2009/96-101Lenzie.pdf.

The WSAC is used for aux loop cooling and steam condensing at simple and combined cycle power plants.  Advantages include lower horsepower (less carbon footprint) and the ability to use poor quality water as spray makeup. 

 

Niagara “No-Frost” Dehumidification & Refrigeration featured in The ACHR News August issue

August 28, 2009

Recognized as an important public health problem in the United States, Listeria monocytogenes is known to cause food-contaminating outbreaks.  Commonly found in dairy products, meat, poultry, and seafood, these microorganisms have the ability to multiply within host cells and spread from cell to cell.

A clean, dry environment is of utmost importance in controlling Listeria because the chances of contamination increase with wetness in plants and products.  Since bacteria are unable to multiply without sufficient moisture, a hygienic and arid environment can support prevention efforts.  Liquid desiccant dehumidification systems provide consistent dry-bulb and dew-point temperatures for contamination control.  With the ability to handle large moisture loads, such systems provide the low air dew-point temperatures required to maintain dry surfaces and facilitate quick recovery from washdown.  An additional benefit is the scrubbing effect which removes pathogen from the air stream.

The article is posted at http://www.achrnews.com/CDA/Articles/Feature_Article/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000639919.

 

WSAC Article Featured in Environmental Science & Engineering

February 9, 2009

Water availability and water quality have become important considerations for industrial facilities worldwide.  Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC™) closed-loop, evaporative cooling and condensing systems optimize use of scarce water resources.   In addition to providing cooling solutions for wastewater facilities, a WSAC cooler or condenser can use low quality water from almost any other source as spray makeup.

Read the entire article from Environmental Science & Engineering at http://ese.dgtlpub.com/2009/2009-01-31/pdf/conserving_water_with_closed_loop.pdf

 

WSAC Article Featured in Power Magazine

An article about Niagara Blower closed-loop, evaporative WSAC fluid coolers and vapor condensers has been featured in the September 2008 issue of POWER Magazine.  This article discusses Wet Surface Air Cooler technology as efficient and water conserving.

These systems combine elements of a tubular heat exchanger and cooling tower in a single structure and are a cost-effective heat transfer technology providing lower outlet temperatures and requiring less space and HP.  The WSAC cooler/condenser can also use poor quality water as spray makeup.

The article can be read at http://powermag.com/water/1363.html.

 

Wet Surface Air Coolers Have Lowest PM10 Output

October 15, 2008

Like conventional open cooling towers, WSAC™ liquid coolers and vapor condensers evaporate the same amount of water based on rejected heat load.  However, the WSAC is a more efficient heat transfer system, requiring a significantly lower circulating (spray water) rate.

The drift discharged from an evaporative cooler contains a variety of materials. When a water droplet evaporates, its entrained particulates are released into the air where they can be carried away by wind or land on the ground.

Many plants are required to calculate the quantity of particulate matter (PM10, soon to be PM2.5) discharged with and without the use of drift eliminators by their facility annually.  Because WSACs have a much lower spray rate, they produce less drift and, consequently, lower PM10 emissions at rates significantly below most permit standards.  Since the spray water rates are only about 10% of a cooling tower, the total drift of a WSAC will be dramatically less.

Niagara to Provide Evaporative Cooler for Motiva Port Arthur Refinery Expansion Project

September 10, 2008

Niagara Blower Heat Transfer Solutions announced today that it has been awarded a contract for the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery Expansion Project in Port Arthur, Texas.

Niagara Blower has been selected to engineer, manufacture, and supply a Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC™) closed-loop, evaporative cooler for the expansion project.  The field-erected WSAC system will cool the plant’s wastewater streams prior to biological treatment during the hottest summer months without the need for refrigeration.

This WSAC cooler will feature redundant design and capacity control for smooth operation throughout the year. WSAC technology was selected for the ability to provide the lowest possible outlet temperature and the need for less plot space.  Exceptional consideration was given to the ability to perform during hot and humid summer days.  Enhanced features will improve reliability and operation over several decades of service.

Niagara Blower Manufactures to European Standards
July 28, 2008

Heat transfer systems design-build manufacturer Niagara Blower Company has the capability to build to the European standards ATEX (Explosives Atmospheres Directive) and PED (Pressure Equipment Directive).   All equipment provided by Niagara Blower Company for use in Europe will be subject to design and inspection to meet these requirements. 

With installations worldwide serving industries ranging from power producing to food processing, Niagara Blower specializes in custom heat transfer systems.  ASME, TEMA, and ANSI specifications are frequently required.  Each piece of equipment is designed and manufactured specifically for the application and location, with the customer preferences in mind.  Niagara Blower Wet Surface Air Coolers, Niagara Blower “No-Frost”®, and Kathabar dehumidification systems can all be built to European standards. 

 

“No-Frost”® Liquid Desiccant Formulas Now Approved by CFIA
June 18, 2008
“No-Frost” liquid desiccant formulas were recently approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in food processing facilities.  Already approved by the USDA, these formulas are utilized in “No-Frost” refrigeration and liquid desiccant dehumidification systems to provide consistent process air conditions and desirable space humidity levels – offering a unique solution for safety & sanitation problems in the food & beverage industry.  With temperature, humidity, and microbial control, this patented technology maintains a dry, sanitary environment; effectively inhibiting airborne microorganisms. 

 

Niagara Introduces Wet Surface Air Cooler DVD
June 9, 2008

 Niagara introduces an instructional DVD to educate industry professionals about closed-loop, evaporative Wet Surface Air Coolers (WSACs), which are used to cool liquids and condense vapors while conserving water.  Approximately 30 minutes in length, the DVD includes information about how WSACs work, equipment construction, features & benefits, alternative technologies, and water issues.  To request a free copy, email sales@niagarablower.com.

 

Niagara Blower Acquires Kathabar, Inc.

January 15, 2008

Niagara Blower Company has acquired the assets of Kathabar, Inc. from Ross Air Systems. Located in Somerset, New Jersey, Kathabar designs and manufactures dehumidification systems for the food, beverage, metals, and pharmaceutical industries. The newly formed subsidiary will be called Kathabar Dehumidification Systems, Inc. (KDS). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 

Peter Demakos, P.E., Niagara President, stated, “Kathabar is a well known, well respected company and will increase Niagara’s potential customer base to provide a wider range of temperature and humidity applications. Kathabar, as a compliment to our ‘No-Frost’ ® refrigeration systems, will make Niagara one of the largest liquid desiccant dehumidification system manufacturers in North America. In addition, Kathabar’s extensive sales representation will expand our opportunities in international markets.”

 

Click here to visit the Kathabar Dehumidification Systems website, www.kathabar.com.

 

Niagara Blower to Provide Evaporative Cooler for Otay Mesa Power Plant

July 23, 2007

Niagara Blower has been selected to engineer, manufacture and supply a closed-loop, evaporative (Wet Surface) cooler for the Calpine Otay Mesa power plant located in San Diego County, California. The Wet Surface Air Cooler will cool the plant’s main loop water and optimize use of scarce water resources.

 

Rental/Lease Units

July 5, 2007

Niagara has Wet Surface Air Coolers for a variety of cooling applications which can be rented or leased.

These units are packaged (no assembly required) with 480V-3Ph motors.

For more information, please contact your local Niagara representative, email sales@niagarablower.com, or call 716-875-2000.

 

Niagara Engineer Writes for MBAA Technical Quarterly

July 5, 2007

An article entitled, “Dehumidification in Brewing: Controlling Moisture with Liquid Desiccants,” recently appeared in the vol. 44, no. 1 2007 edition of MBAA Technical Quarterly (TQ). Written by Brian Demers, a Niagara “No-Frost”® Application Engineer, the article showcases the benefits of liquid desiccants and compares the use of traditional refrigeration, dry-desiccant, and liquid-desiccant technologies in breweries.

To request your free copy, contact Niagara at 716-875-2000 (phone), 875-1077 (fax), or sales@niagarablower.com.

Niagara Steam Condenser System for Ethanol Distillation Plant

Feb 10, 2006

Niagara was been awarded a contract to provide a steam condensing system as part of the design for a new ethanol production plant.  The use of Niagara’s patented Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC) steam condenser will provide many operational and cost-savings advantages for this fuel production facility.

A WSAC Steam Condenser is being designed and fabricated as an integral component of this bio-fuel project.  Ethanol, unlike petroleum based energy, is a replaceable source of fuel, and is relatively pollution-free.  Ethanol is produced by distilling certain forms of plant life, most notably corn.  The distillation process includes the use of steam that is alternately produced by heating a water source, and then returning it to its water form through cooling and condensation. 

Compared to a typical cooling tower heat exchanger configuration for steam condensing, the WSAC will result in lower initial construction costs, as well as long term operational advantages that include reduced maintenance and extended service life.

 

Niagara Brewery Dehumidification System

Feb 10, 2006

In February 2006, Niagara has been awarded a contract to provide a state of the art brewery cellar dehumidification system.  This particular brewery modernization project will provide the customer with significant cost savings by lowering moisture condensation temperatures, using Niagara’s unique “No-Frost” liquid desiccant technology.   The modernization project includes the custom design, fabrication and operational start-up.

Moisture management is critical in brewery cellars.  Elimination or reduction of condensation has direct, positive, and cost effective results by reducing labor and material costs, and prolongs equipment and building asset life by reducing the effects of corrosion. 

Niagara’s centralized design for this project incorporates conversion from a Lithium Chloride (LiCl) system, which has proven to be very corrosive.  The Niagara design will reduce operating and liquid replacement costs for the entire brewery.

Niagara Unveils New Web Site
January 20, 2006
The site features a vibrant design, richer content, and improved navigation.  The new site will be updated frequently, so be sure to check back.  Also, feel free to Send Us your comments and impressions.
 
Niagara Propylene Condenser Shipped to Fuel Refinery
January 17, 2006
WSAC propylene condenser model RWC 126720-3F18 is shipped  for use in new  plant.

 

   

     

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