The History of ElectroCell Systems
ElectroCell Systems started its journey in 1997 as Chemfree Water Systems with installations in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2001 and 2003 Paul Q. McLaine, President of Chemfree Water Systems, received patents for electrostatic water treatment. Chemfree started manufacturing total skids with filtration, conductivity meters, flow totalizers and PLC control in 2005 and, in 2006, purchased a 15,000 sq. ft. office/manufacturing facility and expanded sales to include health care, utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing facilities.
In 2010 Chemfree created and registered a dba – Electrochem Water Systems. Electrochem’s modular systems included filtration of total suspended solids (TSS), control of total dissolved solids (TDS) with conductivity meter, and a solid chemical dispenser to address corrosion and biologic control. Electrochem built a large reference base of Fortune 500 installations and service.
By year’s end of 2014 our technology was perfected to a point where it was only sound business to expand our sales and take our marketing nationally. We hired a marketing firm to re-brand our corporate image and we incorporated as ElectroCell Systems. A patent has been applied for that encompasses the entire filtration system, addressing TSS and TDS. A corporate decision was made to drop all chemical delivery from our system and concentrate on what we do best – saving water and energy. (We work closely with the customer’s existing chemical company).
ElectroCell’s system eliminates 90-95% of all TSS down to one micron, with no media, and, through our electrostatic electrodes, enhances thermo transfer. Customer savings average 25% on make-up water use and 12% energy savings on chiller demands. Simply put, ElectroCell’s system enhances chiller and boiler efficiency by improving thermo transfer.
ElectroCell Electrostatic Treatment
The patented ElectroCell high-voltage electrode in the treatment vessel(s) maintains a strong static field and imposes a negative charge on the water, as well as on the dissolved solids and suspended solids.
Suspended Solids Control: The uniform negative charges imposed causes solids to repel one another, as well as repel the surfaces which are also negative. The effect is to keep solids in suspension until they are removed by the precipitation process.
Heat Transfer Efficiency: The electrode induces turbulent flow, break downs the thermal boundary layer, and enables enhanced heat exchange in the condenser. This is known in the scientific community as Electrohyrdodynamic “EHD” Effect, the coupling of an electric field with the fluid flow in a dielectric fluid medium.
Shear Force De-Fouling and De-Scaling: An added benefit of breaking down the boundary layer is to enable the shear force of the flowing condenser water against the pipe surfaces to clean away fouling and scaling that inhibits heat transfer.