Air-cooled condensers have increasingly gained in importance in recent years. Many industrial power stations and public electrical power utilities have been equipped with this type of condensors [1 through 18]. An alternative to water-cooled condensers, air-cooled units have become ever more indispensable to the conversion of high-inerts-content coal into electricity at the mining place where the latter lacks water resources. Without such condensers, many a coal deposit on earth couldn't be efficiently exploited. Another aspect that speaks for this type of condenser is of an ecological nature the plants have no steam-laden emissions.
Nowadays the demands on the thermal performance of air-cooled condensers, a main factor for the economics of the cold end, are just as high as those on the other components of the power station. This was the reason to thoroughly review and supplement the "Technical Guidelines for Acceptance and Operating Tests of Air-Cooled Condensers for Water Steam", which had been published by VDEW in 1965, and issue them as a VGB guideline. The present guideline addresses both manufacturers and operators, and it is also meant to serve as an assessment standard for old plants.
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