How to increase cooling tower efficiency

Knowing how to make your cooling tower as energy efficient as possible can save your facility energy, water, and operating costs. It can also help extend the equipment service life and decrease the amount of chemicals required for water treatment. So, how do you make your cooling tower more energy efficient? 

Join us for a webinar with Kate Brebrick from Kinergetics, LLC. Kate will highlight components of a cooling tower system and opportunities for improving system performance. She will perform a cooling tower performance demonstration to show common efficiency opportunities and their impact. Kate will use examples and real data to illustrate energy efficiency gains.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to: 
1. Describe the difference between cooling towers and air-cooled units.
2. Identify potential causes of poor cooling tower performance.
3. Explain an example of cooling tower performance.
4. Discuss cooling tower performance opportunities using cooling tower demonstration.

Who should view?
Facility managers and engineers, HVAC system designers, engineers and contractors, energy efficiency specialists, building owners, maintenance and operations personnel, energy and sustainability managers, and anyone with interest in cooling towers.

If you need continuing education credits for this webinar, you will need to pass a quiz with a score of 80% or higher. You will be able to view the course on-demand, take the quiz, and complete the evaluation in Coassemble (Slipstream’s Learning Management System). Create an account (you only need to do this once) or go directly to the on-demand webinar. This link will not be functional until AFTER the live broadcast. The quiz will be available immediately after the live broadcast ends and the on-demand recording will be posted within a few days of the live broadcast ending.

All credits have different expiration dates, so it is to your advantage to take the quiz as soon as possible.

AFE This program supports a topic within the body of knowledge outlined by the Association for Facilities Engineering CPE/CPMM/CPS Certification Programs, and should count as 0.1 CEUs (1.0 hours) toward re-certification.

BOC This course offers up to 1 point for BOC certified operators.

BOMI This webinar is approved for 1 continuing professional development point toward renewal of the professional designations offered by BOMI International.

WI-PE This course is geared towards professional engineers in the State of Wisconsin and offers up to 1 professional development hour (PDH). The course participant must decide if this is a qualifying course as defined in the relevant Wisconsin Administrative Code.

WI-DSPS Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has approved this course for 1 CEU for the following credential: Commercial Building Inspector Certification. Note that you may not retake the same course for credit more than once during the 1-, 2- or 4-year term of your specific credential. 

This course will not be pre-approved for GBCI credits; however, if you believe the content is applicable to your credential, you can self-report credits.

Chilled Water Systems Overview 
Cooling Towers

  • Cooling Towers vs Air Cooled Chillers 
  • Quantifying Cooling Tower Performance 
  • Possible Energy Efficiency Opportunities 

Examples/Demos  – Live discussion of examples and results, pre-recorded demonstration

  • Effects of Plugged Fill and Poor Distribution
  • Effects of Short Circuiting
  • Effects of Packing


Kate Brebrick photoKate Brebrick, Energy Engineer, Kinergetics, LLC 
Kate Brebrick is an Energy Engineer at Kinergetics, LLC (2017 to present) and has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Kinergetics provides detailed energy investigations for power and thermal energy use reductions as well as design, engineering, and debottlenecking.  Kinergetics has extensive experience with process cooling, refrigeration, and cooling towers, including efficiency selecting, field testing, and design and verification of performance requirements. 

Free to view and to receive continuing education credits. 

Wednesday, Dec 2, 11 a.m. - noon Central 


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