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Crystalline lagoon technology to cool power plants

An industrial cooling technology that helps eliminate marine pollution by creating a closed circuit cooling system is set to be launched.

Developed by Crystal Lagoons for cooling industrial and thermal plants, and launched at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, it is claimed the technology achieves significant energy savings and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.

This makes it ideal for reducing the environmental impact of mining, energy and industrial companies.

Joaquín Konow, development manager of Crystal Lagoons, said: “The majority of thermal generation processes use huge volumes of seawater for cooling, captured from the ocean and later returned at a considerably higher temperature.”

“This creates a major environmental problem, destroying marine life during the water intake suction process and causing severe disruption to the ecosystem when it returns hot water to the sea.”

“The sustainable cooling technology developed by us solves this problem [using] crystalline lagoons, which dissipate the heat from electricity generation plants through a closed cooling circuit.”

“The water is later returned to the lagoon, which acts as a heat sink and as a reservoir of energy. In this way, cogeneration is enabled, since the previously wasted energy is used for convenient purposes and it also makes it possible [for the client] to enter the carbon credits market.”

“As this is a closed system with high-quality water, the lagoon increases its temperature up to a steady state, creating a reserve of thermal energy, which can then be used in a number of processes, such as heating, residential and industrial hot water, thermal desalination or greenhouse heating.”

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