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Industrial controls create largest Environmental Benefits

Biggest gains in air quality and energy savings seen in passive technologies.


With the rise of passive energy technologies, companies formerly using huge amounts of energy and barely controlling emissions are quickly becoming the major players in efficiency and environmental responsibility. While upfront costs may appear daunting, several manufacturers have come to see the huge potential for investment in energy recovery technology. Through the use of energy recovery and regenerative energy sources, industrial concerns are able to save money, cut energy use and through scale offer the greatest positive impact to the environment.

Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs) are among the most exciting passive energy recovery technologies that have swept through manufacturing. Plants which used heat in the production process – think steel mills – formerly took huge pains to vent that heat from a plant. Now, manufacturers are looking to trap heat from the manufacturing process in order to create steam for on-site generators. In many instances, excess heat from a production process can provide enough energy through a HRSG to power an entire plant and create a surplus for the outbound power grid.

It is one thing to hope that a manufacturer could cut its power consumption, but few people thought it possible to contribute to the power grid through production. That’s one of the giant benefits of passive energy technology.

Another passive technology offers both energy savings and pollution controls. Regenerative catalytic oxidizers – or RCO – give manufacturers the ability to destroy volatile organic compounds (VOCs) created during the production of fuels, pesticides and paints. Formerly, this process required burners operating at nearly 1,000 degrees Celsius to destroy VOCs while burning off a ton of fuel. But with the RCO technology, those compounds are blown through a catalyst bed to transform them into sub-compounds that can be destroyed at much lower temperatures. The drop in temperature, and resulting drop in fuel, creates a huge saving in fuel and money.

The regenerative nature of an RCO also means the heat passing through the system is returned to an exchanger to keep the ambient temperatures inside the reaction chamber at a constant level without additional burning. Once the device is heated, it typically needs very little in the way of fuel to maintain an operational temperature, again saving fuel and money.

And RCO technology is nearly without maintenance. The only time a manufacturer would seek regenerative thermal oxidizer repair is in the flow control valves for gases, or to replace the components of the catalyst bed. Also, some maintenance for fouling, the deposits from the VOCs, may call for regenerative thermal oxidizer repair.

Through the use of heat exchange, energy is saved, fuel is conserved, money stays in the bank and the air gets cleaner.

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