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mercury container Applications

  • Mercury Removal from Ash

    A by-product from burning pulverized coal in electric power generating plants, fly ash can contain substantial levels of mercury which can negatively impact human health and the environment. Responding to the threat of mercury exposure, the EPA has established tough standards for the power industry to meet. Vulcan® Systems Thermal Desorption Units remove mercury from fly ash, making the end product reusable for concrete production. Through this process, power plants are able to create a new revenue stream through the sale of clean fly ash, eliminate expensive disposal costs, and protect the environment. Besides solving the disposal problem, adding fly ash to concrete improves the quality of the concrete. As a replacement for Portand Cement, the use of fly ash saves on material expenses, decreases permeability, and prevents expansion, thermal cracking, and efflorescence. It also increases working time, and makes pumping and finishing much easier.

    By Vulcan Systems based in Moberly, MISSOURI (USA).

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    Hazardous waste treatment solutions for chlorine industry

    The mercury cell process is a formerly widely-used production technique for the production of chlorine and caustic soda. The liquid metal, mercury, acts as cathode (negative pole) in this process. In the past, the loss of mercury during the process (to air, soil and water) led to serious health and environmental problems. Therefore, most European chlorine producers have decided to phase out the mercury cell process by 2020. Nevertheless, even today, almost 6000 tons of mercury is used per year for chlorine production in Europe alone. As a result of this, yearly waste outputs contain around 1200 tons of mercury, which are stored on-site or sent off for disposal.

    By econ industries GmbH based in Starnberg, GERMANY.

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    Drill Cuttings Plants For Oil and Gas Industry

    Common drilling procedures for oil and gas, used widely around the world, produce a consistently increasing amount drill cuttings containing oil. In some cases, drill cuttings even contain other hazardous components such as mercury or NORM (Natural occurring Radioactive Material), requiring special attention. Treatment of drill cuttings is therefore beneficial from both an environmental and an economic standpoint, allowing valuable drilling oil to be recovered, and ensuring environmentally sound disposal of the drill cuttings. Our VacuDry technology is designed to safely separate oil, water and mercury from the solids (including NORM), allowing reuse of the oil and safe disposal of the water, mercury, solids and NORM.

    By econ industries GmbH based in Starnberg, GERMANY.

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    Processing of LCD screens

    The safe extraction of valuable raw materials: robots automatically dismantle monitors containing mercury, while protecting workers’ health at the same time. According to initial projections, around three million LCD screens will be recycled in Germany in 2016. However, their backlighting system often contains mercury, which means they are classified as 'hazardous waste' in accordance with the EWC, and as 'Collection Group 3' in accordance with the Electrical and Electronic Appliance Law. They also contain valuable raw materials, such as metals and plastics, which have to be recovered in such a way, that the environment is not harmed. However, recycling specialists, Erdwich Zerkleinerungssysteme GmbH, have now developed an alternative: The company from Kaufering has developed an automatic processing system that enables mercury and other valuable raw materials to be easily extracted and recycled in an environmentally-friendly way.

    By Erdwich Zerkleinerungssysteme GmbH based in Igling, GERMANY.

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    Recycling equipments for electronic waste recycling (WEEE)

    The content of WEEE (electrical and electronic waste) gives recyclers various initiatives for recycling. It contains hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury or certain flame retardants, as well as precious metals like gold and silver. In 2012 approx. 64,900.000 ton electronic goods where produced and 49.000.000 ton electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) was generated. As the amount of sold electronic goods rise, the amount of WEEE rises. It is vital that this waste is taken care of properly.

    By Eldan Recycling A/S based in Faaborg, DENMARK.

  • Water treatment solutions for the ultraviolet disinfection

    The process to reduce the amount of microorganisms in water, by means of ultraviolet light is called “ultraviolet disinfection”. It is used in all kinds of water to reduce the amount of microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoa, viruses, fungi, algae. Ultraviolet (UV) light is a natural part of sunlight, whereas the short wavelengths are absorbed by the protecting ozone layer. UV lamps designed for water disinfection use a gas mixture containing the element mercury (Hg). The Mercury vapour is an advantageous gas for UV disinfection applications because it emits light in the germicidal (‘germs killing’) wavelength range (UVC and UVB).

    By bestUV BV based in Best, NETHERLANDS.

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