16:00 | 04.10.2010
GE’s Next Generation Cooling Water Technology Brings Cost and Water Savings to Industrial Users

With rising energy costs and strains on capacity, industrial facilities
are pressed to do more with less, striving to optimize efficiency while
keeping costs to a minimum. Responding to these requirements, GE (NYSE:
GE) today introduced its latest cooling
water technology, GenGard
8000. GenGard 8000 offers the capability to use lower quality water
in the cooling process, while avoiding corrosion and fouling problems.
This provides savings in operating costs and improves the efficiency of
the cooling system, which results in greater production output, water
conservation and the ability to use alternative water sources.

This new technology is an extension of the existing GenGard product line
that covers the full spectrum of water conditions, ensuring reliable
results even in the toughest operating conditions. The next generation
of GenGard also will reduce the need for sulfuric acid in cooling water
systems, minimizing the impact on the environment.

Industrial facilities consume large amounts of water to cool process
equipment, resulting in a critical need for cooling water systems that
can reuse the same water repeatedly in the process. Corrosion and
microbiological fouling must be controlled to ensure safe, reliable and
efficient operation of cooling systems.

The new GenGard chemistry expands GE’s water treatment product line into
the full pH spectrum, from neutral to alkaline cooling water
applications, ensuring reliable results. Incorporating the most advanced
deposit and corrosion additives available, GenGard 8000 can, in many
cases, eliminate the need for sulfuric acid for pH control. This
reduction or elimination of acid usage at industrial facilities not only
helps to reduce operational costs and increase environmental benefits,
but it also makes GE’s innovative GenGard chemistry a technology that is
available to customers ahead of industry regulations requiring acid

“With water consumption increasing on a global level, GE continues to
invest in next generation technologies and innovative solutions to
address global water challenges and help create a more sustainable
environment,” said Nancy White, product line general manager—chemical
and monitoring solutions, water and process technologies for GE Power &
Water. “This next generation of GenGard chemistry is a robust treatment
program that helps customers meet their specific requirements and allows
them to do more with existing resources.”

GenGard 8000 will continue to have the characteristics of the original
GenGard chemistry family. GenGard is halogen stable, allowing it to be
used in conjunction with the most cost-effective biocide programs. In
addition, the patented GenGard technology includes a stress tolerant
polymer (STP). STP is a very forgiving chemistry that offers excellent
control of mineral scale and corrosion.

The GenGard product family is designed to work in conjunction with GE’s
most advanced automation, process control and knowledge management
platform, TrueSense.
The synergy between these two technologies enables optimal performance
of cooling water systems with forgiving chemistry that performs even in
the toughest conditions.

GenGard 8000 is commercially available immediately in North America with
other markets around the world to follow shortly.
About GE
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company
taking on the world’s toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and
power generation to financial services, health care solutions and
television programming, GE operates in more than 100 countries and
employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the
company’s website at

GE serves the energy sector by developing and deploying technology that
helps make efficient use of natural resources. With nearly 85,000 global
employees and 2009 revenues of $37 billion, GE Energy
is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy
delivery technologies. The businesses that comprise GE Energy—GE Power &
Water, GE Energy Services and GE Oil & Gas—work together to provide
integrated product and service solutions in all areas of the energy
industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy; renewable
resources such as water, wind, solar and biogas; and other alternative


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