Overview of Emission Control Technologies

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Courtesy of Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc.

Chapter 8. Emission Control Technology

8.4 Thermal Oxidation

8.4.1 INTRODUCTION

The objective of this section is to present various VOC thermal oxidation technologies, their strength and weaknesses and the elements required to determine what is the preferred technology for a given application.

In 1970 the environmental authorities started to identify various industries which had to bring their emissions within boundary limits. At the beginning of 1997, there are over 6000 systems operating throughout the world controlling VOC emissions. The majority of the equipment is in the United States although systems have proliferated in Canada, Europe, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. The major industries that have employed thermal oxidation technology are shown in Table 8.4.1. Since the early 1990’s the baking industry, the chemical process industry, pharmaceutical industry, fabric coating, rubber extrusion, electronic components, soil remediation, metal coating, wood working, formaldehyde and sterilizers have become the specific industries being targeted by the environmental authorities.

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