07 April 1994 00:00 [Source: ICB]
Russian technology to reduce VOC emissions has been licensed by UK-based Sutcliffe Speakman, maker of speciality activated carbon and supplier of environmental control systems. The licensing agreement is with InBio, which represents a Russian biotechnology company affiliated with the AN Bahk Institute of Biochemistry in Moscow. It covers the use of bacteria to breakdown VOCs into carbon dioxide and water in a process originally developed for defence applications but now used industrially for four years. By selecting the type of bacteria the system can be optimised to treat various VOCs, including alcohols, amines, aromatic hydrocarbons, ethers, halogenated hydrocarbons, mercaptans and phenols. Units can be designed to treat up to 20 000m3/h of air, with a VOC destruction efficiency of 99%.
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