Committed to a cleaner future

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Increasingly strict regulations are being placed worldwide on emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), typically generated in industrial processes that make use of solvents. New requirements to use Best Available Technology (BAT) will cut emission limits further in EU countries.

To help companies meet this challenge, Formia has launched a family of cost-efficient VOC incinerators based on Regenerative Catalytic Oxidizer (RCO) technology. These are designed to deal with the low- and medium-concentration organic solvent emissions typical of industrial painting, gluing, varnishing, and printing processes. Formia’s new incinerators are also suitable for treating industrial odours, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulphide emissions released by processes used in the pulp and paper and chemical industries.

The Smart VOC LV is designed for processing low concentrations (<0.5 g/m3) and the Smart VOC TB for higher concentrations (0.5-7 g/m3). The Smart VOC RB, intended for special applications such as soil remediation and odour control, can process VOC concentrations in the 0.6-8 g/m3 range.

All units are very compact and can fit in a standard 20-foot container and process between 20,000 and 30,000 m3 of air an hour.

Highly efficient

Formia’s Smart VOC incinerators require an extremely low level of energy input thanks to their use of a combination of low-temperature catalytic incineration and a high-efficiency proprietary heat exchanger, which reuses the heat generated by the process. By adsorbing low-concentration emissions in an active carbon or zeolite unit, the inherent energy in lean VOCs can be used for combustion. This low energy input requirement, well below that of competing systems, makes Formia’s incinerators a very attractive choice.

Formia’s Smart VOC incinerators use similar metallic catalysts to those employed in the catalytic converters fitted to cars. Platinum and palladium catalysts gives excellent durability and a very low operating temperature, and have a high tolerance for catalyst poisons. When necessary, the catalysts can be washed in an acid solution to restore their original activity – and Formia guarantees their performance with a five-year warranty.

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