About our Equipment

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Equipment

How is your equipment made?
Electrichlor has an in-house engineering design team and manufactures the entire system, drawing from U.S. suppliers more than 99 percent of the time. In our Indiana factory, every skid, structure and cabinet starts out as extruded shapes and flat sheet brought in from local suppliers and mills. We have plate rolls, presses, welders, and the expertise to make and assemble any hypochlorite generator and support system required.
Where is your equipment made?
Electrichlor Hypochlorite Generators are manufactured entirely in the United States with raw materials and components made in the United States. Major components, i.e. power supplies, controls, pumps, tanks, etc., are made in the U.S.A.
What is the difference between your equipment and the competition?
Electrichlor utilizes the unique, patented cell that was developed by M. Barrie Bentley, one of the owners of Electrichlor.

Some of the advantages that give superior performance are:

  • Distance between anode and cathode allows debris up to 5mm to pass through without plugging the system so prefiltration is eliminated in most cases.
  • Short distance of current travel along the length of the electrolytic cell allowing for better current distribution and more even distribution of current to increase cell efficiency.
  • Monopolar electrolyzer arrangement is more stable than a bipolar arrangement; it is more expensive to manufacture but greatly benefits the owner by increasing the life of the cell.
  • Electrichlor Equipment is housed in NEMA 4 enclosures that stand alone and do not require external buildings, supporting walls or structures, for placement of equipment thereby reducing capital costs.
  • Flow through the electrolytic cell is almost no head loss so the booster pumps are eliminated thereby reducing capital costs and operating costs.
  • Small footprint of the generation unit. A recent testimony from a factory processing vessel said the EL2-Micro (32”L x 32”W x 52”H) replaced a previous unit that was ten feet long! This is an instant savings of cost in real estate or a matter of feasibility.
  • Our standard structures are made from marine-grade aluminum and powder-coated for a superior life-cycle. We also offer stainless steel as an option.
What applications are Electrichlor’s Hypochlorite Generators designed for?
Electrichlor designs and makes equipment for both land-based and maritime industries.

Some of the marine applications include:

  • Workboats
  • Fishing and Processing Vessels
  • Tankers
  • Liners
  • Oil and gas offshore platforms.
  • FPSO’s

 

Land-based Industrial Sites using local water sources. Salt brine is added to fresh water in order to make the process applicable for any need:

  • Waste water post treatment. Chlorination will sterilize the waste treatment plant’s outfall making it safe downstream and reduce the BOD (bio-chemical oxygen demand) loading needed by natural processes in the waterway.
  • Pre- and Post-water treatment for desalination water treatment plants. Chlorination will keep the incoming pipework from fouling and also allow the outflow water to stay free of contaminants.
  • Land-based ballast water treatment at the harbor. Chlorination will keep our harbors and waterways from invasive species that live in the ballast water brought in by ships from other ports around the world. By having an on-site hypochlorite generator and retention lagoon, the port authority does not have to depend upon the ship owner to have its own treatment. While IMO has been trying to enact the ballast water treatment laws, the harbors and waterways continue to be flooded at epidemic proportions every year while this method could be used immediately with an effective return on investment (ROI).
  • Nuclear Power Plants, especially around the Great Lakes, are plagued with Zebra mussels that reduce the effective intake piping for the cooling water supply. Chlorination will mitigate all fouling with constant dosing of free chlorine levels of around 1 mg/l (drinking water standard).
  • Sulfuric Acld Plants are using our hypochlorite generators to keep intake and condenser water free of marine growth.
  • Power Generation Stations are keeping water ways and cooling towers from fouling with algae, marine amimals and other pipe fouling organisms. If the hypochlorite system is placed in service during construction and start up, the pipework will be protected from microbially-induced corrosion (MIC).
  • Oil Refineries. Chlorination will keep the efficiencies of piping and condensers at optimum levels as reduced efficiencies are major factors in lost revenue and increased consumer prices.
Is the generator self-cleaning?
While our electrolytic cells promote self-cleaning because of the constant hypochlorite flow through both the top and bottom of the cell, calcium deposits occur if it is in the water. The deposits must be removed via the acid cleaning system. Electrichlor design teams have improved the acid cleaning process to where it is quite user-friendly and the timing for the cleaning cycle is automatic. The operator simply follow a few easy steps on a regular routine and the system will last for years.