Hard water and build-up of scale have become a multi-billion dollar worldwide problem. Scale wastes enormous amounts of energy and reduces the lifespan of any equipment that uses water.
The build-up of scale has become a big issue in virtually every industry using water in its daily operations.
Think about dishwashers and coffee makers in restaurants and fast-food joints, washing machines in hotels, watering equipment in agricultural or service-related industry, cooling towers in the petrochemical plants, to focus on just a few areas. Consider hundreds of millions of pipes, showers, water heaters, boilers, nozzles, valves, heat exchangers, spas, compressor heads and chillers, all needing to be prematurely replaced due to scale formation.
Think about Starbucks or Tim Hortons! Imagine if only one of Starbucks’ locations had to spend $10,000 a year per location to prematurely replace some of its machines because of scale formation, the chain-wide savings from using a technology developed by Megola Inc., could be measured at $83 MILLION per year! In other words, Starbucks could boost its annual profits by over 20%, and increase its shareholder value by $4BILLION. This is not already a case, however some Tim Horton locations have already installed these ingenious units, but it clearly demonstrates how big a financial problem scale really is to these multinational companies.
Companies and farms spend hundreds of millions of dollars on increased energy costs because scale-polutted machines consume more energy than necessary. With a scale build-up of just 13mm, you could easily spend three times as much on fuel to run your operations! With Oil prices at record levels, companies are more willing more than ever to explore energy-saving options. This should further fuel the demand for Megola’s revolutionary technology. Much information on the perils of scale and how it effects the economy and everyone’s life is more clearly explained at the Megola’s website. Scale build-up in equipment reduces energy efficiency dramatically. Depending on the thickness of the layer of scale, up to 70% more fuel is required for the same outcome as compared to equipment with no scale build-up. Considering that hard water is present in over 85% of the geographical region of North America, it is no doubt that scale is a real problem.
How does scale form? Hard water is actually an unfavorable natural process. Natural water contains dissolved minerals. If significant amounts of calcium and carbonate are among these minerals, the water is said to be “hard”. The amount of dissolved calcium and carbonate determines the hardness, which is commonly measured in degrees or parts per million.
As rain falls, it dissolves carbon dioxide gas from the air and becomes a weak solution of carbonic acid. As the acid rainwater passes through the ground, it erodes and slowly dissolves limestone rock. Limestone, which is found virtually everywhere on earth, typically consists of calcium carbonate, which is responsible for the hardness that causes scale.
Scale is a result of the abnormal behavior of calcium carbonate, which becomes less soluble as water temperatures increase. This means that as hard water is heated, the calcium carbonate can no longer stay dissolved and precipitates – or falls out of the water – as scale.
Megola has developed a device that will solve these hard water problems while not harming the environment in any way. For more valuable information on the problems and effects of scale visit the website of Megola Inc.