Case Study: Brazos Electric


Brazos Electric Cooperative Power Plant in Cleburne, TX is a nominal 258 MW combined cycle gas fired power plant operating on AGC (Automatic Generation Control) load requirements. The plant uses approximately 54 million gallons of water per year for boiler feed water and NOx control of its combustion turbine.

The power plant was originally commissioned in 1997. The demineralization plant consisted of a two pass RO unit with inter-pass caustic dosing followed by a conventional polishing EDI unit. Due to frequent scaling, the EDI performance was not stable and did not consistently meet the plants requirements. Shortly after the plant’s commissioning, a rental mixed bed polisher was installed to meet the water quality.

Due to the high cost of regenerating the mixed bed, the plant decided to reconsider using an electrodeionization unit. QUA’s FEDI was chosen for Brazos’s permanent EDI solution and was commissioned in 2010. The FEDI system comprises of 2 trains of 10 dual voltage FEDI stacks rated for 165 gpm each.

Brazos selected the QUA FEDI because of its unique patented process with reduced or no scaling due to a dual voltage design. The dual voltage allows for a higher flexibility and tolerance to inlet water conditions, lowering the risk of hardness scaling, and improving the plant’s design economics and reliability. Additionally, it optimizes power consumption and reliability since the high voltage is only used when needed in the silica removal zone of the unit.

The FEDI system’s treated water quality is consistently in the range of 0.055‐0.06 μS/cm and contains less than 10 ppb of silica. These results exceeded the customer’s specifications. Due to FEDI’s unique dual voltage design, periodic cleanings are not required and the system is able to continuously meet these requirements.

: Brazos Electric Generation Facility
Location: Cleburne, TX, USA
Date of Commissioning: 2010
FEDI Product Capacity: 330 gpm
FEDI Model: FEDI-2 30X (Dual Voltage)
No. of Trains: 2 x 165 gpm

Feed Water Quality
pH 7.6 – 8.2
Inlet Conductivity (mS/cm) < 7
Inlet Silica as SiO2 (ppb) < 70
Treated Water Quality
Outlet Conductivity (mS/cm) < 0.1
Outlet Silica as SiO2 (ppb) <10


Graphs 1 and 2 show the silica removal performance and product conductivity respectively. Graph 3 shows a constant pressure drop across the FEDI over a year. This data confirms that no fouling is occurring inside the FEDI and thus no chemical cleaning was warranted.

Although this data reflects a year of successful operation, the plant has been consistently and successfully operating within its parameters since commissioned.


Graph 1: High Silica Reduction (Over One-Year Period)




Graph 2: Consistently Low Conductivity (Over One-Year Period)



Graph 3: Constant Pressure Drop (Over One-Year Period)

About QUA

QUA is an innovator of advanced membrane technologies that manufactures and markets filtration products to address the most demanding water challenges. Headquartered in the USA, QUA’s enables its OEM partners to provide cutting-edge systems and solutions to end users in industrial and infrastructure markets throughout North America and worldwide.

QUA filtration products:
• Improve plant design economics and reliability
• Reduce fouling
• Simplify cleaning
• Lower the total installed cost
• Reduce footprint of overall wastewater treatment

Committed to ongoing innovation, QUA manages the entire lifecycle and manufacturing chain of its products. From the initial concept, to manufacturing with rigorous standards, QUA’s products are developed in a state-ofthe-art facility with continuous monitoring.

Electrodeionization (EDI) is continuous, chemical-free process that removes ionized and ionizable impurities from the feed water using DC power. EDI is most commonly used to treat Reverse Osmosis (RO) permeate and replace Mixed Bed (MB) ion exchange; producing high purity water of up to 18 MΩ.cm. EDI eliminates the need to store and handle hazardous chemicals required for MB ion exchange resin regeneration and associated waste neutralization steps.

Fractional Electrodeionization (FEDI) is an advancement of EDI technology that was developed to address the limitations of conventional EDI. EDI is a patented two stage process that operates in a dual voltage configuration to reduce hardness scaling that may occur in conventional EDI. FEDI’s unique design maintains an acidic condition in the first stage and basic condition in the second stage of the EDI concentrate chamber. This patented design reduces mineral scaling in the first stage and enhances silica removal in the second stage.

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