Invisihead™ vs Screen
Comparison of Invisihead™ System to Screen Intakes
Wedge wire screens do not reflect a system that is specifically made for seawater intake. They represent a reactive solution to a problem that was underway. They are operation and maintenance intensive. They have to be frequently backwashed and air purged to push away the impinging marine life and debris. The backwashed and purged material returns to the screens along with fresh supplies soon after the backwash pumps and air purging compressors are turned off. The backwashed and purged material is not drained away but all of it or a large part of it would keep coming back and increase the frequency of backwash and air purge.
A Resilient and Cost-Effective Seawater Intake System
“When it comes to seawater intake systems, one of our primary concerns has always been the potential impact of biofouling, especially from Zebra mussels. This concern often led us to explore costly construction materials to mitigate this issue. However, the InvisiHead™ system changed the game for us. InvisiHead™ performance is not affected by the attachment of Zebra mussels, so no special materials of construction are required where Zebra mussels are present.’ This not only reduced our material costs but also provided us with a resilient and efficient seawater intake solution. We couldn’t be more satisfied.”
The InvisiHead™ has proved to be more cost effective. It is a well engineered proactive intake system which actively addresses operation and environmental requirements compared to the highly reactive wedge-wire screen intake head systems. The overall performance of the Elmosa™ Seawater Intake System is higher than any other system operating in the water intake industry. The system entirely utilizes the natural process in its entire operation from the start to the end – from the point where the first water molecule at the offshore end of the system is gently drawn to the InvisiHead™ and smoothly guided through all the way to the pump intake at the onshore NatSep™ intake basin.
In contrast, the wedge-wire screen intake head employs several reactive layers of measures needed to keep the system in operation. Wedge-wire screens are not a dedicated seawater intake head system like the InvisiHead™ but modified well screens. They have to be supported by a costly clean up system to convert them into operational seawater intake heads.