What is saline electrochlorination?

Saline electrolysis is a water treatment method in which the oxidising agent, the chlorine, is generated directly from the water to be treated by means of an electrolytic process. This technique avoids the need to add chemical products to the water being treated, thereby eliminating any handling or storage of chemicals. Saline electrolysis is particularly suitable for the treatment of swimming pool water, achieving a straightforward and effective system. It offers numerous benefits over treatment using chemical products. The resulting water is of a higher quality, and is much healthier, as it does not contain chemical additives, while achieving distinctively crystalline clarity. The resulting chlorine is completely odourless and colourless. The system also operates constantly and automatically, eliminating the cost of treatment products.

How does saline electrochlorination work?

This chlorination technique uses the potential of switch mode power supply and bipolar cells. These two additions are what make us stand out in the marketplace compared with other types of saline chlorinated, for various reasons:

By using a switch mode power supply, we exponentially increase the performance level of the machine, reducing electricity costs and maximising chlorine production to the utmost. This type of system also releases only minimal amounts of heat, which means it can be installed in confined or more awkward spaces. Furthermore, the chlorination is performed by small, lightweight chlorinators that are easy to transport and install, while also saving on space.

We use bipolar cells, that offer a much higher performance level than conventional monopolar cells. This means more chlorine per amp, increasing the efficiency and speed of the procedure.

The design offers considerable benefits in electrochemical and mechanical terms. The catalytic coating allows for very slight electrical resistance, but offers considerable mechanical strength. This means that the chlorination process needs less current, achieving a significant cost saving.

All of which allows Innowater to present its wireless control and dosing equipment for both pH and chlorine as an efficient way of achieving a better balance in swimming pool water. Properly regulated pH saves on Cl2 and avoids such problems as eye irritation, the emergence of algae or rusting of swimming pool accessories.

What are the main benefits of saline electrochlorination?

Capacity to save time and money in the long term:
This autonomous saline chlorination system achieves savings of around 80% on maintenance and 100% on the purchase of chemical products, which are no longer necessary. Meanwhile, current optimisation thanks to the catalytic coating of the bipolar cells means much lower and more efficient power usage. Once the equipment has paid for itself, the output cost represents just 10% of the cost of a conventional chlorination system. Even in large swimming pools, the installation is highly straightforward and requires no building work.
Improves performance:
Given the absence of dissipative elements and the regulation mode used, switched power sources offer much higher performance than a linear source, and can achieve in excess of 95%. This means that our saline chlorinators consume less electricity and produce more chlorine.
Protects the environment and health:
As this is saline chlorination, based on the same principle as the sea, but with nine times less salt, no chemical or harmful substances are discharged down the drain, while the method also eliminates atmospheric CO2 emissions which do occur with conventional chlorine. Meanwhile, for domestic swimming pool use it effectively protects your skin and eyes thanks to the powerful oxidising conditions of the bipolar cell, capable of destroying the chloraminated compounds that traditional chlorination does not eliminate.
Improves regulation:
Switch mode power supplies allow for highly precise control of the output power. Our electrodes always operate at the optimal point of the power curve, with chlorine output being modulated by periodically interrupting the charging time. These two characteristics, which are impossible with conventional sources, result in a considerable increase in the electrode lifespan. Working for less time to produce a greater amount of chlorine.
Other benefits:
The elimination of heat output is significant thanks to switch mode power sources. Meanwhile, saline chlorinators are smaller and more lightweight, facilitating transportation and installation. Furthermore, power control is entirely electronic, without the need for relays or switches that would be exposed to corrosion.