Water is one of the most basic commodities needed to sustain the life of human beings, animals and plants on the blue planet. Despite more than 70% of Earths surface being covered in water, lack of access to clean drinking water has remained one of the most pressing challenges faced by nations across the globe.
Transporting water from regions where it is plentiful to areas where it is scarce has played an important role in addressing this challenge throughout history.
And as long as humans have a need for water, it will need to be transported from areas of abundance to areas of scarcity. Given current technology, pipelines will continue to remain a huge part of that transportation for the foreseeable future.
The reason for this pipelines are the most cost-efficient and safest mode for transporting not just water, but petroleum and other fluids, gasses, as well as chemically stable substances. There are millions of miles of transmission, distribution and gathering pipelines around the world that transport water, wastewater, crude oil and refined petroleum, natural gas and biofuels and steam. The Pipelines Of Today May Be Inadequate To Serve Water Transportation Demands Of The Future
For decades, steel, lead and cast iron were used as the primary materials for water pipelines, but health concerns relating to lead poisoning and corrosion have been a significant issue and addressing it has proven to be immensely costly for countries around the world.
Water transmission pipes dating back to the 1970s were made out of concrete-lined steel pipes known as prestressed concrete cylinder pipelines (PCCP) which, over time, have become brittle and prone to rupture. Replacing these pipelines is also estimated to cost billions of dollars in the United States alone, and trillions worldwide.
In 2018, the EPA (U.S. environmental protection agency) estimated that over the next 20 years the United States would require $472.6 billion to maintain and improve the nations drinking water infrastructure. This includes the cost needed to replace or refurbish aging or deteriorating pipelines in the U.S., as well as to address corrosion issues through the use of corrosion control chemicals, coatings, and other protective systems.
Despite these efforts, pipeline breaks continue to happen all over the world on a regular basis. In the United States alone, an estimated 240,000 water main breaks occur every year and it is estimated that the United States loses a whopping six billion gallons of drinking water every day from leaking pipelines.
Globally, as well, trillions of gallons of water are lost each year from deteriorated pipes. Sewer and water leakages in underground pipelines have become a critical problem in most countries, developed and developing alike, worldwide. A Sustainable And Cost Effective Solution May Be In Sight
Global Composite Piping Solutions (GCPS), is a pipeline manufacturing company that believes a complete overhaul of the existing pipelines may be in order, to arrive at a more sustainable and cost-effective solution. The company says that the answer to current problems could lie in finding new ways to build water pipes using different materials than those used in the past.
GCPS reports that it has developed the next disruptive technology in the manufacturing of pipes which is poised to change the way pipes are built today – making way for a more sustainable solution that could help preserve water resources for future generations.
Its patented large-diameter thermoplastic composite reinforced pipe has been developed using innovative technology, which dramatically reduces weight and increases pressure capabilities that equal or exceed steel pipe capabilities. The material used to build these pipes is also meant to address the issues of corrosion and breakage of pipes, effectively.
The technology enables an increase in the flow and throughput performance of pipes, which in turn would result in a reduction in the diameter of the pipe required, potentially saving millions of dollars in construction costs for projects.
For these reasons, the company believes its pipes are uniquely positioned to displace other types of large-diameter pipe including steel, PCCP and fiberglass pipes.
In addition to their superior performance, the company says its pipes can be customized to meet the specific needs of each customer, with options available on the type of resin and composite fibers used to build the pipes.
The company also confirms the option to completely customize its production to suit customer needs is a capability that is not present in any other product currently available in the industry and would afford GCPS a significant competitive advantage as a result.
GCPS pipes are also expected to be more durable, lasting for at least twice as long as pipes made out of steel or PCCP. A Mobile Pipeline Manufacturing Process That Is Environmental Friendly
GCPS has also developed and patented a mobile manufacturing process that allows large-diameter pipelines to be manufactured using a modular design at or near the project site or in remote areas where delivering prefabricated pipes is not feasible or prohibitively expensive.
This allows for its manufacturing units to move from project to project and offers significant cost advantages to pipeline infrastructure projects according to GCPS.
Mobile Manufacturing Plants cause a less adverse impact on the environment by reducing the carbon emissions involved in transporting pipes from a central plant to project locations. Other benefits include the prevention of leakage and safer drinking water that is corrosion and contamination free.
GCPS has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with a private agricultural development company for a $150 million international pipeline project and has plans to tap the multi-trillion dollar pipeline manufacturing opportunity that the market presents.
Starting with water pipelines, the company believes its technology will, in due course, open up pipeline development opportunities across a large, global spectrum of markets and industries including energy, wastewater, industrial, hydrogen, and mining.
GCPS has commenced raising funds through Wefunder and has raised $263,084 raised from 204 investors so far.
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To learn more about the company, check out gcps.com.
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