Efficient air pollution control systems are essential and required in today’s industrial environments. Plants, factories, food processors, and many other industries are required to keep their facility in compliance with current regulations and to continually pursue opportunities to reduce their environmental footprint and impact.
Pollutants like VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are emission challenges that must be treated before being released to the earth’s atmosphere, and a method to treat VOCs is the use of a fume incinerator, more commonly known as a thermal oxidizer.
What are Thermal Oxidizers?
Thermal oxidation can be simply broken down to a flame burner in a container or box.
We heat up the air pollutants, like VOCs to a set point temperature and oxidize or burn them. We are decomposing or breaking down the VOCs to carbon dixoxide (CO2) and water. Elements that are acceptable going out the stack.
When Do I Need a Thermal Oxidizer?
Thermal oxidizers (TOs) work best with applications where particulates are often present or have higher concentrations of VOCs. This fume incinerator (or TO) when correctly designed, will treat a wide variety of process flow rates and VOC concentrations emitted from a facility, plant, or industrial site.
Thermal Oxidization Process – How Does it Work?
It all starts with the chamber, which houses the heating element to burn the air pollutants, such as VOCs. The chamber is heated to a set point temperature of approximately 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once the set point temperature is reached, the fumes are pulled into the chamber through a system fan.
All VOCs present are oxidized and then broken down into carbon dioxide and water vapor, which carries through the system and out the stack into the earth’s ether.
Thermal oxidizers are very effective, with a greater than 99% destruction rate, making TOs efficient for air pollution control.