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New Guide: Blasting & Cleaning Best Practices for Power Plants

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Few industrial cleaning projects are as challenging as keeping gas and steam turbines, HRSGs, SCR catalysts, and other power generation equipment clean and free of buildup and debris.

From safety risks to the potential for disruption and damage to turbine blades, electrical and other sensitive equipment, the obstacles can be daunting enough that facility managers put off cleaning or resort to tedious hand cleaning of some equipment.

Eventually, buildup from operation must be removed to maintain peak performance, increase overall efficiency, and maximize equipment longevity.

The good news: there are safe and effective strategies for keeping power facilities clean with minimal disruption or risk. It starts with careful planning and assessment to determine the best methods for each application and to establish the logistical requirements for ensuring safety and minimizing downtime, which we cover in our new guide.

Power Plant Cleaning Options

The new Polar Clean Guide to Blasting Solutions for Power Generation Facilities is designed to take you through the options, with an overview of methods, applications and best practices.

It begins with an introduction to dry ice blasting, which offers benefits that traditional blasting does not, making it a key solution in settings where the introduction of water or other debris is problematic.

Dry ice blasting leverages specialized nozzles and frozen CO2 pellets to remove dirt, grime and other buildup without water, chemicals or added debris.

For applications that require greater abrasive force, best results can be achieved with a combination of dry ice, sponge blasting and more abrasive blasting methods. Steam turbines, for example, accumulate mineral deposits that require more abrasive force than dry ice blasting can provide. Our guide also includes an overview of the more abrasive options like aluminum oxide (ALOX) and the applications for using them, alone, or in combination.

Download Our Guide to Learn More

To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of these methods for applications that include gas and steam turbines, heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), circuit breakers, generator windings, switch gears, insulators, selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) and more – download our guide today.

Your Partner for Safe & Effective Power Plant Cleaning

You can also reach out to one of our team members to learn more about the experience, training and innovation that have made Polar Clean the choice of project and facility managers for power plants and numerous other industries.

Download the Guide