How it works
The ePipe System consists of a plastic pipe with an electrically conductive inner surface. Depending on the application, the pipe will be designed for to suit different temperatures, environments and liquids.
The pipe ends are connected to electrodes supplying continuous voltage over the inner pipe surface. The same voltage is applied to pump connections, taps, tanks, end fittings etc. leaving the entire system electrified.
If pipe joints are needed in long lines, continuity over the joint is accomplished though connectors inserted in all joints over the complete pipe run.
The voltage applied and the pipe’s conductive properties have been tested and adapted in order to prevent bacterial growth both short and long term so that the bacteria cannot adapt to the voltage and start to propagate once more. The electical equipment and controls are adapted to the specific application in order to ensure the desired result.
The pipe used are constructed from materials with proven properties, such as polyethylene and polypropylene. The conductive inner layer is made from polyethylene or nylon mixed with corbon black that provides the conductivity needed.
All of the materials have a proven track record, for example in hanlding of fuels where the purpose of the conductive layer is to dissipate and eliminate static electricity.
The specific materials used in the piping varies depending on application to provide optimal thermal and mechanical properties for the intended use. Additional layers or barriers can be added to the piping, for example to prevent permeation of cadbon dioxide or external impact from contaminated soil.