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Demonstrating a need for toxic gas treatment

December 18, 1998 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Seeing is believing! Following that philosophy, an environmental company is ready to demonstrate to businesses a unique technology that destroys hazardous air emissions.

The Gas-Phase Corona Reactor converts hazardous waste compounds into nontoxic carbon dioxide and water. GPCR may prove to be 10 to 50 times less expensive than absorbing emissions on carbon filters. The capital costs also are very low compared to standard scrubbing technologies or catalytic incineration.

The technology was developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. Battelle, which operates the laboratory for the Department of Energy, signed an agreement this week, allowing Current Environmental Solutions to market and demonstrate the GPCR.

CES, with offices in Richland, Seattle and Longview, Wash., wants to demonstrate the benefits of the technology to companies with volatile organic compound emissions and show them how the process works on their own waste streams. The GPCR has been shown to remove up to 99 percent of volatile organic compounds from sources such as cleaning solvents, fuel vapors, odors and toxic chemicals that are common in a broad range of industries.

The Memorandum of Understanding between CES and Battelle benefits both partners. It is an opportunity for CES to test the market for the GPCR and it helps the laboratory deploy government-developed technology to the private sector, which is mandated by DOE.

In addition to marketing the technology, CES initially will deploy a portable small-scale GPCR system developed for DOE. CES will provide all on-site setup, operations, training and monitoring. Battelle will continue to be responsible for technology development and adaptation of the corona reactor.

CES, incorporated in 1997, is owned jointly by Terra Vac Corp. and Battelle. Its current portfolio includes two Pacific Northwest technologies - Six-Phase Soil Heating and In Situ Corona. Six-Phase Soil Heating uses steam to strip contaminants from soils in place, eliminating the need for excavation or soil pretreatment. In Situ Corona is designed to destroy toxic materials such as chlorinated solvents, PCBs, pesticides and industrial fuel oils and lubricants.

For more information, contact Dawn White, Pacific Northwest Media & External Communications at (509) 375-3688, or to reach Current Environmental Solutions, call William Heath at (509) 371-0905 or David Fleming at (206) 362-8128.

 

Tags: Energy, Environment, Operations, Emissions

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