Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thermal Oxidation Applied For Emissions Control

smoke stack with pollution emission
Pollution control - Part of successful plant operation
Thermal oxidation is a process employed in a number of diverse industries as a means of pollution and emissions control. Essentially, the process uses heat to promote the breakdown of hazardous air pollutants and volatile organic compounds into less harmful byproducts. Many pollutants are hydrocarbon based and when properly processed will oxidize efficiently and provide an output consisting primarily of H2O and CO2.

The process employs a number of inputs, aside from the subject pollutant stream. A fuel input is needed to maintain the elevated temperature that will force oxidation of the pollutants. Being essentially a combustion operation, there are opportunities to boost efficiency and minimize the expenditure for the fuel inputs. Heat recovery is an essential element of achieving high efficiency levels. This can take many forms, depending upon what the energy needs of the facility might be. One option is a waste heat boiler to produce steam for other plant operations. There are many other options which will be discovered with a thorough review and analysis of the plant operations.

Process Combustion Corporation, a recognized manufacturer of oxidation technology, defines thermal oxidation, as it applies to pollution and emissions control, like this:
Thermal oxidation is the effective employment of a process that provides thorough mixing of an organic substance with sufficient oxygen, at a high enough temperature, for a sufficient time, to cause the organics to oxidize to the desired degree of completion.
Achieving effective utilization of a thermal oxidation system requires the application of experienced engineering talent. Share your emissions and pollution control requirements and challenges with specialists. Combining your knowledge of plant facilities and operation with their pollution control expertise will produce effective solutions.