A Comprehensive Review Of Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers

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Courtesy of The CMM Group, LLC

Within industry today, the use of an Air Pollution Control System (APCS) to control harmful air pollutants is not new. In response to Congressional guidelines passed in the 1970’s, a number of companies with VOC emissions have been operating air pollution control systems of one type or another for 25 years or more. These guidelines have been revised and added to as the years progressed, making it necessary for companies in a wide range of industries to meet stringent new local, state or federal clean air regulations. To do this, they must install new air pollution control equipment, update
their current equipment with more modern, efficient systems or face the possibility of stiff non-compliance fines. Although general guidelines regarding the control and/or destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and/or Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) are somewhat consistent within many industries in the United States, a company’s individual requirements and desires can vary greatly. When choosing a control technology that best fits their specific needs, companies should realize there are many factors that can influence the type of APCS they may wish to install and operate. Through the years, the choice of emission control technology has continued to evolve. In the early 1980’s
some facilities installed thermal recuperative oxidizers to destroy pollutants while others installed systems to recover their distillates. By the mid to late 1980’s, catalytic oxidizers became the emission control technology of choice for a number of operations. Today, because of product design evolution and competitive pricing, the regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) has become a popular option.

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