VOC Destruction

The important issue of VOC destruction and removal.

Many industrial processes emit volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Due to the role of this compound in air pollution, VOC destruction and removal is a prominent issue in our society.

Along with identifying this list of 189 toxic air pollutants, the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAA) of 1990 established programs that set limits on how much of a pollutant can be in the air anywhere in the United States. In order to achieve the pollution limits, the CAA created an Emissions Control Permitting program for larger stationary sources.

VOC defined.

A volatile organic compound (VOC) consists of carbon (excluding carbon monoxide), carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides or carbonates, and ammonium carbonate, which participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions.

In response to this growing concern, the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAA) of 1990 were passed. These amendments changed the focus of air pollution from a set of six “priority pollutants” to the control of VOC’s. The CAA is intended to reduce the emissions of VOC’s by 70-90%. Subsequent legislation has also been passed to further reduce the emissions of VOC’s to the atmosphere.

VOC destruction and removal rates greater than 99.99%.

Since the inception of the 1990 Clean Air Act, thermal oxidation systems have continued to play one of the most important roles in VOC destruction and removal, due to its ability to destroy the VOC’s in a one-step process while producing innocuous by-products.

A properly designed thermal oxidizer system can achieve VOC destruction and removal rates greater than 99.99%.

Other advantages of thermal oxidation include:

  • Ease of operation and control
  • Ability to be altered for process variations
  • Continuous process
  • Elimination of by-product disposal
  • Number of process components
  • Ability to be applied to more than 80% of the CAA Air Toxics

Industries for which thermal oxidizers have been used for VOC destruction and removal include, but are not limited to:

  • Petrochemical
  • Man-made Fibers
  • Petroleum
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Automotive
  • Energy
  • General Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Animal Rendering

Email us or call at 1.412.655.0955 to see how we can help you achieve your VOC destruction and removal goals.


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