Power Generation professionals know that one key to peak performance is clean electrical equipment. The demand to keep the equipment running often leads to deferred cleaning and maintenance, reduced efficiency, and in some cases, outages caused by flashover.
Dry ice blasting restores both rotating and stationary electrical equipment to optimum performance with very short outage time. It allows for the equipment to be cleaned online and in-place with limited to no masking or containment, which makes it the most cost-effective solution in the industry.
Dry ice blasting is an environmentally responsible alternative to traditional cleaning methods; providing a non-conductive, non-corrosive and dry solution. This cleaning process allows equipment to be cleaned online, without cooldown or disassembly.
Always operate at full capacity
Old processes include taking equipment apart and can be very time consuming, which keeps equipment from producing at full capacity.
Dry ice blasting is faster, allowing you to clean without waiting for cool down, dry time, or disassembly, which saves time, money, and maximizes efficiency.
Due to the growing demand for electricity, some equipment such as switch gears, turbines and substations go without maintenance. This results in less efficient operation and unplanned outages.
Consider the cleaning regimen from a beginning to end process, dry ice blasting eliminates many costly and time consuming steps in a multi-stage cleaning process. Catastrophic failures such as flash overs are prevented at such situations.
Dry ice blasting has many applications in power gen
Dry ice blasting can improve the performance of transformers by removing the dirt and loose paint from them. It also effectively cleans the rotor blades without damaging the metal surfaces.
Ancillary turbine parts can be cleaned by removing deposits and fouling buildup using this method. By using dry ice blasting, a high-pressure tube wall can be effectively cleaned. It also removes corrosion and gas deposits from the tubes and fins. When the boiler wall and heating tubes are cleaned using this method it improves heat transfer and flow.
Dry ice blasting also cleans hydroelectric power equipment reducing the risk of downtime and system failure.
One of the most vital reasons for the usage of dry ice blasting by various industries is the zero waste it produces. Since dry ice is dry and sublimates into a gas, no waste is produced for cleaning up and no drying-time is required.
Below are further use cases of dry ice blasting in the power and utility industry:
- Water turbines
- Impulse and reaction turbines
- Electrical Power Generation Plants
- Fin Fans
- Electric Motors
- Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)
- Electronic Components
- Stators and Rotors
- Gas Turbines
- Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG)
- Cogeneration Boilers
- Decontaminating “Semi-Hot” Cells
- Switch gears
- Paint removal
- Heat exchange pipes
- Water scaling
- Tank cleaning