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Formia to supply its first catalytic VOC oxidizer to North America

Formia Emissions Control Oy will supply Univar USA Inc. (www.univar.com) a catalytic VOC oxidizer to be located in the chemical distribution facility in Los Angeles, California. This order represents Formia’s first VOC oxidizer delivery to North America.

Univar USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Univar, one of the world’s leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar operates a network of distribution facilities located throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. Univar USA is the leading chemical distributor in the United States with a distribution network from coast-to-coast.

This order includes the delivery of a regenerative catalytic VOC oxidizer (RCO) for purification of various VOC emissions released in chemical blending, packaging and distribution processes. Regenerative catalytic incineration represents latest technology in lean VOC destruction and is remarkably energy-efficient oxidation method thanks to relatively low incineration temperature and process energy reuse. The oxidizer is intended to be operational during the second quarter of 2011.  

“We selected Formia after reviewing three competing thermal oxidization technologies,” explains Brian Beal, Regional Operations and Engineering Manager of Univar USA Inc. “For our particular end use the Formia unit outperformed the other technologies in three areas: 1) overall energy efficiency, 2) the high VOC destruction efficiency, and 3) the small size of the unit. Because of the seismic requirements in California, the small size has an additional benefit. The final and most important benefit of the RCO design for our application is that it provided the lowest environmental impact for both VOC and CO2 emissions.”

In the U.S., there is an established and increasingly strengthening air quality legislation controlling ozone among other ambient air criteria pollutants. Ground level ozone is created by a chemical reaction between VOCs and oxides of nitrogen in the presence of sunlight, and it is harmful for people and plants. Also, it is the primary constituent of smog. According to the most recent inventory, around 10% of the national VOCs and 7% of the VOCs in California State are born in industrial processes. To keep the air quality clean, all the industrial operators are required to comply with the restrictions on the State Implementation Plans (SIP) describing how the particular state will attain and maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

“Formia has just participated in the GAP program of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles for finalizing its catalytic VOC incinerators business plans for the NAFTA area. This commercial opening was gained sooner than expected and strengthens our positive expectations,” states Jukka Salminen, the CEO of Formia Emissions Control Oy. “It is especially impressive to start with such an esteemed global client there. With no doubt this bears testimony to the attractiveness of the catalytic oxidation technology in industrial VOC emissions control,” he continues.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CEO Jukka Salminen, jukka.salminen@formiasmartvoc.com, +358 50 501 2780