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Annual Costs ($.083/kWh) Original ElectroPrecipitation New Net Savings Electric, pumps, etc. Electric, compressed air $7,160 RO/DI $3,114 $4,046 $8,881 $0 $8,881 Sludge Disposal/ Column Regeneration Scrubber Maintenance $7,900 $12,000 (-$4,100) $22,400 $9,600 $12,800 $46,341 $24,714 $21,627 Totals Table 2. Summary of operating costs, old system, new RO/DI system. use (savings of $12,927/year) along with the elimination of sludge disposal ($7,882/year). Scrubber maintenance costs are expected to go down by 50–75% (from every 6 months to up to two years between maintenance cycles) due to a reduction in biofouling by reducing organics in the scrubber water. The combination of environmental improvements, including elimination of hazardous sludge waste and reduction in electricity consumption, resulted in a total annual operating cost savings of $21,627 for Company XYZ. The simple payback after the NYSERDA rebate is expected to be two-and-half years. The overall process control of each rinse tank is much easier with a simple DI tank exchange after the tank reaches saturation. Overall rinse water cleanliness is noticeably better, with even the chrome rinse tanks being clear rather than yellow from the chromic acid dragout. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Funding for this research project was provided by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) through a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Environmental Conservation. NYSERDA has not reviewed the information contained herein, and the opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect those of NYSERDA or the State of New York. BIO David Fister is a senior staff engineer at the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Fister gained 17 years' manufacturing experience in light industry before he joined RIT. He worked for four years in Manufacturing Technology at Eastman Kodak and 13 years at Bausch & Lomb in various areas of manufacturing and research. Mr. Fister has worked at RIT for 11 years. He has industrial 678

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