Solvents (VOC)

Reducing emission of organic solvents (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the atmosphere is of an increasing strategic importance for many companies.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) are organic chemicals that easily vaporise at room temperature. Emissions of organic solvents appear in processes that dissolve substances, use solvents as media for chemical reactions or apply them as a dispersion medium for coatings/surfacing (paint, varnish, ink, adhesives and resins). Reactions involving organic solvents may produce ground-level ozone, an air pollutant responsible for global warming which can also seriously affect human health. Many organic solvents are also classified as toxic or carcinogenic and can cause significant air pollution, land contamination and water pollution. For these reasons the European Union implemented the directive 1999/13/CE, which contains strict legal requirements to prevent or reduce the harmful effects of solvent emissions on human health and the environment.

Therefore, if your business uses organic solvents you may require an IPPC permit from your environmental regulator or local council. This permit will contain details of limits on your solvent emissions and how and when these must be met. You must comply with the conditions of the permit in order to reduce or control your emissions of organic solvents. If you fail to reduce or control your emissions you could face legal action. Also your environmental regulator can limit, or even stop, your production.

Especially for companies which do not know, technically or financially, how to reduce or control their organic solvent emissions, Pure Air Solutions developed an innovative abatement technology, called VOCUS. The Vocus is extremely competitive compared with other VOC abatement technology (e.g. non-thermal oxidation, active carbon). It accomplishes high removal efficiencies (80% – 99%) in a consistent, cost-effective and sustainable manner. Moreover it helps you to:

  • Comply with national and European legislation;
  • Avoid the high cost and consumption of natural gas (incinerators)
  • Maintain product quality with solvent based resources;
  • Evade high investment costs in your production process;
  • Avoid higher purchasing cost of water based resources or powder coatings;
  • Continue identical drying times and thus uphold your production capacity.

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Solvents (VOC)
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