Epcon is an industry leader in Thermal Oxidizer technology specializing in the integration of customers’ process heating operations together with their Thermal Oxidizer requirements. In simple terms, a recuperative thermal oxidizer is the evolution of the direct fired thermal oxidizer through the addition of primary and/or secondary heat recovery.
Addition of heat recovery to the oxidation process can provide tremendous costs savings with respect to minimizing the use of natural gas for the air pollution control application as well as external process heat loads.
Primary heat recovery is accomplished when you direct the process exhaust vent stream through a heat exchanger, which crosses the outlet of the oxidizer exhaust, prior to inlet to the oxidizer. This results in recovering (recuperating) heat from the exhaust to pre-heat the air entering the combustion chamber reducing the thermal load and therefore gas consumption to achieve oxidation temperatures.
Secondary heat recovery is accomplished when you utilize waste heat from the oxidizer to support a secondary process (e.g. Oven, Washline, etc). This is accomplished by directing either fresh air or process air through a heat exchanger, which crosses the outlet of the oxidizer exhaust, and sending it to a secondary process. The recovered (recuperated) heat from the exhaust is often sufficient to support entire drying or curing operations. In many cases, energy saved with the addition of secondary heat recovery can offer paybacks in close to one year.
Epcon’s proprietary Recuperative Thermal Oxidizers are fabricated from select Stainless Steel Alloys to meet the process and duty cycle requirements for a given project.