Chilean businesses take strides to reduce energy inefficiency

US$1.5 million investment announced to develop technologies that will help business and industry save money and cut back on electricity and water waste.

The beauty of the Automatic Tube Cleaning System (ATCS) technology, developed by the Chilean company MaxControl in collaboration with Israeli firm CQM, lies in its simplicity.
Simply by keeping the pipes of temperature-control devices clean, the technology reduces electrical consumption by 30 percent – no small figure given the prevalence of air-conditioning units in developed and developing countries around the world.
“The accumulation of only 0.3 inches (1 mm) of grime in the condensation tubes increases energy use by 30 percent,” MaxControl General Manager Carlos Arenas told El Diario Financiero.
“For this reason, the technology will have an important impact at a global level given that, in general, air conditioning systems amount to between 40 and 50 percent of the total electrical consumption of commercial buildings,” Arenas said.
ATCS, slated to be installed in the Mall Plaza Antofagasta in northern Chile in the coming months, is one of the technologies that the Chilean company is hoping to develop in 2012, after it announced a US$1.5 million investment in research and development this year.
The technologies will be designed to help industry and businesses cut down on waste, using simple and clean technologies.
Another technology that has already been developed by MaxControl is the Scale Removing System (SRS), which reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation in the cooling towers used by electricity generators, mines and oil refineries by up to 80 percent.
“The system cleans water in the cooling towers, without the intervention of chemicals,” Arenas explained, “preventing the accumulation of bicarbonate, rust, dust and active bacteria, and avoiding the evaporation and over-consumption of water.”
Aside from its potential in heavy industry, the SRS technology can also be used in the purification of water in public institutions such as hospitals and other health services centers.