Companies in all industries are constantly seeking ways to reduce a plant’s operating costs and carbon footprint. At the same time, they are looking to avoid costly utility-distribution improvements by optimizing the facility’s energy consumption.
Thermal oxidizers require significant amounts of energy to achieve their intended benefit. One of the reasons for this is that treatment of the process exhaust air requires heating it to the highest autoignition temperature of compounds to be oxidized. The combustion chamber temperature can range from 1400 to 1700°F (760 to 927°C) — or higher as needed. Though various configurations exist to improve on energy efficiencies, thermal oxidizers remain a substantial user of natural gas and electricity.