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PollutionEngineering July 2012 : Page 14

EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARDS By ROY BIGHAM , Editor, Pollution Engineering 2012 New technologies continue to surface in the environmental industry to improve control over industrial and municipal processes. Pollution Engineering presents some innovative approaches introduced this past year. P AIR ollution Engineering received many products to be con-sidered for this year’s selec-tions. All of them were wor-thy contenders and will help us to a better job handling our daily tasks. Here are the products that made the cut this year. times and analytical results. The new series is ideal for use with low-level reactive mixtures including H 2 S, meth-anethiol, NO, SO 2 and reduced sulfurs. Visit www.concoa.com. preserves beneficial fly ash recy-cling, thereby minimiz-ing disposal into land-fills. Johnson Matthey The Modulex catalytic converter is designed for flexibility and easy cat-alyst access. It can house three-way NSCR or oxidation catalyst in a single or dual catalyst element configuration. A hatch gives easy access to the ele-ments for cleaning or replacement. The modular design allows the addition of extender flanges upstream or a silenc-er downstream of the catalyst section. This versatility makes it a favorite with owners and operators of gas or diesel engines. Visit www.jmusa.com. Visit www. novinda.com. CONCOA The company has introduced a new line of regulators and switchovers designed to significantly reduce gas consumption and calibration times in industries that require reactive or corrosive calibration standards. Their proprietary SilcoNert 1020 coating process, developed by Silcoteck, eliminates absorption and cata-lytic conversion while their series 420/430 r e gulat ors re d u ce costs by improv-ing cycle NWL Introducing the PowerPlus version 6. This switch mode power supply has revolutionized electrostatic precipitator performance. It enables the emission-cleaning system to operate at the same collection efficiency as fabric filters due to its high operating frequency. The system puts more power into the pre-cipitator field, thereby ionizing and cap-turing more dust. The latest generation incorporates a digital signal processor controller for more diagnostic capabil-ity and a communication interface that enables customers to integrate the oper-ating data into their facility's central control system. Visit www.nwl.com. Novinda Amended silicates are a non-carbon reagent that removes mercury from coal-fired power plant flue-gas emission streams. The product uses a natural min-eral compound as the base compo-nent and is therefore manufactured without excessive emissions and energy consumption. Its prop-erties also protect the physical plant investments because it is nonflammable, nonabrasive and Purafil Inc. The Purafil Vent Scrubber (PV) will target municipal wastewater vents and 14 Pollution Engineering JULY 2012

2012 Editor’s Choice Awards

Roy Bigham

New technologies continue to surface in the environmental industry to improve control over industrial and municipal processes. Pollution Engineering presents some innovative approaches introduced this past year.<br /> <br /> Pollution Engineering received many products to be considered for this year’s selections. All of them were worthy contenders and will help us to a better job handling our daily tasks. Here are the products that made the cut this year.<br /> <br /> AIR <br /> <br /> CONCOA <br /> <br /> The company has introduced a new line of regulators and switchovers designed to significantly reduce gas consumption and calibration times in industries that require reactive or corrosive calibration standards. Their proprietary SilcoNert 1020 coating process, developed by Silcoteck, eliminates absorption and catalytic conversion while their series 420/430 regulators reduce costs by improving cycle times and analytical results. The new series is ideal for use with low-level reactive mixtures including H2S, methanethiol, NO, SO2 and reduced sulfurs. Visit www.concoa.com. <br /> <br /> Johnson Matthey <br /> <br /> The Modulex catalytic converter is designed for flexibility and easy catalyst access. It can house three-way NSCR or oxidation catalyst in a single or dual catalyst element configuration. A hatch gives easy access to the elements for cleaning or replacement. The modular design allows the addition of extender flanges upstream or a silencer downstream of the catalyst section. This versatility makes it a favorite with owners and operators of gas or diesel engines. Visit www.jmusa.com. <br /> <br /> Novinda <br /> <br /> Amended silicates are a non-carbon reagent that removes mercury from coal-fired power plant flue-gas emission streams. The product uses a natural mineral compound as the base component and is therefore manufactured without excessive emissions and energy consumption. Its properties also protect the physical plant investments because it is nonflammable, nonabrasive and preserves beneficial fly ash recycling, thereby minimizing disposal into landfills. Visit www.Novinda.com. <br /> <br /> NWL <br /> <br /> Introducing the PowerPlus version 6. This switch mode power supply has revolutionized electrostatic precipitator performance. It enables the emissioncleaning system to operate at the same collection efficiency as fabric filters due to its high operating frequency. The system puts more power into the precipitator field, thereby ionizing and capturing more dust. The latest generation incorporates a digital signal processor controller for more diagnostic capability and a communication interface that enables customers to integrate the operating data into their facility's central control system. Visit www.nwl.com. <br /> <br /> Purafil Inc. <br /> <br /> The Purafil Vent Scrubber (PV) will target municipal wastewater vents and Operate at more than 99.5 percent gas removal efficiencies. Four sizing options are available for wastewater vent pipes located near lift stations, wet wells and along force main manholes. The PV150-R04 model is 4 inches in diameter and the PV150-R06 model is 6 inches in diameter, both units operate at 150 CFM and they have an enclosed polyethylene insert to house 30 pounds of the company’s patented filtration media. The PV40-I04 (R04) and the PV40-I06 (R06) are also 4 and 6 inches in diameter, respectively, and operate at 40 CFM. These units house 12 pounds of filtration media. Visit www.Purafil.com. <br /> <br /> REMEDIATION <br /> <br /> EOS Remediation LLC <br /> <br /> VOS is the only productavailable to successfully bioremediate chlorinated solvents, explosives, and nitrates while reducing redox-sensitive metals in unsaturated soils. The unique nature of this patented technology allows the thixotropic gel to form a stable oil/water suspension that remains in situ after injection. This suspension is proven to provide an anaerobic environment in the vadose zone with the appropriate nutrients for the indigenous microbes to remediate the residual contaminants. Visit www.Eosremediation.com. <br /> <br /> Tersus Environmental LLC <br /> <br /> Targeting the vadose zone during remediation traditionally has been considered difficult. The MicroBlower Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) System is a simple, cost-effective device with the potential to play a large role in the arsenal of tools for environmental remediation activities and is specifically designed for remediation of organic compounds in the vadose zone. A growing trend in environmental remediation is the incorporation of natural processes. These approaches are reducing cleanup costs and intruding less on the environment. The technology, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory, is an example of such an approach. The system uses a small, low-power vacuum blower to extract or inject gases into the subsurface for remediation. Because the components of the system have a long operating life, the system is useful for long-term cleanup operations, particularly where mass transfer diminishes the rate of remediation. It is effective in targeting small source zones where conventional SVE is too excessive. Visit www.Tersusenv.com. <br /> <br /> SOFTWARE <br /> <br /> Golder Associates <br /> <br /> GolderWatch is an integrated hardware and software solution from the company that is used to remotely monitor various types of environmental equipment. With its satellite and cellular communications capabilities and power efficient design, the system will collect data from even the most challenging site locations. Designed to be instrument independent, it works with products from multiple vendors, allowing users to select the best instrumentation for each job. It is used to monitor and measure in a wide range of applications including remediation, waste, air and water quality. Visit www.Golder.com. <br /> <br /> Soil-Therm Equipment Inc. <br /> <br /> As a custom environmental and remediation equipment manufacturer since 1990, the company has now created a simple, practical and cost-effective internet monitoring and control system to operate on any system they build. From blowers, oxidizers, electric catox and chlorinated oxidizers, customers can monitor and control their entire system using an iPad, iPhone or laptop computer using a specially designed touch screen/PLC cellular routers. It significantly reduces operation and maintenance costs and site visits. Visit www.Soiltherm.com. <br /> <br /> Willowstick Technologies <br /> <br /> The Willowstick method is an innovation of traditional Magnetometric Resistivity (MMR) geophysics that provides clients with the ability to directly map groundwater preferential flow paths in 3D. This technique allows clients to virtually see complex groundwater flow paths through complex geology such as fractured rock or karst. This information is critical to developing sounder site conceptual models, locating monitoring wells and targeting remediation strategies because it assists engineers and hydrogeologists to understand contaminant transport pathways. Visit www.willowstick.com. <br /> <br /> WATER <br /> <br /> Field Specialties Inc. <br /> <br /> The Environmental Process Containment technology allows wastewater, sediment and vapors to be routed to a ProGreen vacuum truck with vapor control while protecting workers in the area, surrounding equipment, piping, etc. The system completely encapsulates all types of joints such as flanges and valves. With an Environmental Process Containment system installed, costly spills and cleanup is kept to a minimum. Visit www.fieldspecialtiesinc.com.<br /> <br /> Parkson Corporation <br /> <br /> The company’s new line of rotating drum screens does not require daily maintenance or lubrication. The Rotoshear Ez-Care line provides the same high-capture rate as traditional Rotoshear units, while offering improvements in byproduct recovery and screening efficiency. A typical rotating drum screen requires periodic maintenance to counteract friction and normal wear and tear on the system's metallic components. The new design, however, eliminates the need for frequent lubrication and maintenance by incorporating nonmetallic components in the wheel bearings and other key areas. Visit www.parkson.com.<br /> <br /> Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies <br /> <br /> Memthane, the company’s new Anaerobic Membrane Bio- Reactor (AnMBR), delivers highenergy efficiency and superb quality effluents. This enables wastewater treatment system clients to simultaneously save money and improve their environmental performance. The system combines two technologies with proven track records: Biothane’s anaerobic biological wastewater treatment and Pentair X-Flow’s ultrafiltration (UF) membrane separation process. In addition to its performance advantages, the system delivers significant total operating cost reduction compared with other technologies and can be remotely operated. Memthane is effective in treating high-strength, high-solid wastes found in industries such as distilleries, dairies (whey), bio-ethanol producers and instant coffee plants which were previously considered untreatable from an economic standpoint. Visit www.Veoliawaterst.com/memthane.

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