March 2006

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Thermal air treatment to require $2 billion by end of decade

Industry around the globe will be making $2 billion annual investments in thermal treatment systems to reduce air pollutants by 2010. This is an increase of $500 million over the 2005 investment, acco..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Industry around the globe will be making $2 billion annual investments in thermal treatment systems to reduce air pollutants by 2010. This is an increase of $500 million over the 2005 investment, according to an updated forecast from McIlvaine (www.mcilvainecompany.com). Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are destroyed with thermal or catalytic oxidizers. One of the most viable options is the regenerative thermal oxidizer. It uses the heat generated during oxidation to preheat the gases to be combusted. This option is attractive when there is little fuel value in the gas. Among the major sectors investing in this technology are surface coatings, chemicals and waste incinerators. More than

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