For nearly a decade, Gulf Coast Environmental Systems has been an industry leading supplier of Portable Thermal Oxidizers. Portable oxidizers are unique, because they deliver a mobile solution to pollution control. Our mobile technology works the same as our standard thermal oxidizer offering, with the only real difference being that they are mobile. We either skid or trailer mount the equipment, making it easy and mobile, for temporary or small-scale operations.
Types of Thermal Oxidizers:
Thermal Oxidizers destroy Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), that are created through chemical processes, and industrial exhaust steams. Oxidizer uses extremely high heat, about 1500°F, to clean the exhaust of dangerous pollutants and compounds.
The portable units are perfect for applications that require short term use, such as:
- Oil, Gas, Energy, Ethanol, Natural Gas, RGN
- Chemical, Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical
- Coating, Painting, Printing, Laminating
- Food Production, Bakery, Rendering, Beverage
- Remediation, Water Treatment, Soil Treatment, Landfills, Waste
- Mining, Metals, Manufacturing
- Automotive, Aerospace, Transportation
A direct fired oxidizer is the simplest technology of thermal oxidation. A process stream is introduced into a firing box through or near the burner and enough residence time is provided to get the desired destruction removal efficiency (DRE) of the VOCs. Also called afterburners, these systems are the least capital intensive, but when applied incorrectly, the operating costs associated with fuel consumption can be substantial, as there is no form of heat recovery. These are best applied where there is a very high concentration of VOCs to act as the fuel source (instead of natural gas, propane, oil, electricity, or some other form of fuel) for combustion at the targeted operating temperature.
One of today’s most widely accepted air pollution control technologies across dozens industries is a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer, commonly referred to as a RTO. They are very versatile and extremely efficient – heat recovery efficiency can reach 97%, greatly reducing operational costs. This is achieved through the storage of heat by dense ceramic media. Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers are ideal in low VOC concentrations and during long continuous operations, while continuing to achieve up to 99+% DRE.
Thermal recuperative oxidizers have a primary and/or secondary heat exchanger within the system. A primary heat exchanger preheats the incoming dirty air by recuperating heat from the exiting clean air. This is done by a shell and tube heat exchanger or a plate-type exchanger. As the incoming air passes on one side of the metal tube or plate, hot clean air from the combustion chamber passes on the other side of the tube or plate and heat is transferred to the incoming air through the process of conduction using the metal as the medium of heat transfer. In a secondary heat exchanger, the same concept applies for heat transfer, but the air being heated by the outgoing clean process stream is being returned to another part of the plant – perhaps back to a process oven or furnace.
Want to destroy waste water on site? Now you can with our patent pending breakthrough technology, the Aqueous Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers (RTO). This new Thermal Oxidizer technology allows GCES clients the option to destroy waste water as either:
A standalone process with the sole focus of waste water destruction
A multi part process that allows for the processing of both air for VOC abatement and the ability to destroy waste water onsite.
The Aqueous RTO unit can provide facility operators with dramatic operating cost reductions through either reducing or eliminating wastewater treatment and removal operating expenses.
Catalytic oxidation occurs through a chemical reaction between the VOC hydrocarbon molecules and a precious or base metal catalyst bed that is internal to the oxidizer system. A catalyst is a substance that is used to accelerate the rate of a chemical reaction, allowing the reaction to occur in a normal temperature range of 550°F – 650°F (275ºC to 350ºC). Our line of Catalytic Oxidizers includes options for air pollution treatment at a range of temperatures custom designed to treat an assortment of VOCs.
Catalytic Recuperative Oxidizers
A Catalytic Recuperative Oxidizer is a type of Oxidizer that is proficient at destroying volatile organic compounds (VOCs), odorous compounds and other air pollutants. Our Catalytic Recuperative Thermal Oxidizer processes gas that is heated and pushed (or pulled) into a heat exchanger towards the combustion chamber. The gas that is being processed is heated to the catalyst operating temperature at the burner. As this heated gas passes through the catalyst the heat releasing action takes place and the pollutants are converted to heat (which can be recovered), water vapor, and carbon dioxide.
Regenerative Catalytic Oxidizers (RCO)
The Regenerative Catalytic Oxidizer is the perfect combination for low operating cost VOC oxidation technology for occurrences and applications where a very low VOC concentration is available. The low operating temperatures of the catalytic oxidizer combined with the heat recovery characterizes of a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) makes the RCO a great option for many low VOC conditions.
Vapor Combustion Units are designed to safely burn vapors that contain hydrocarbons. Vapor combustors have a closed flame that is located at grade level and enclosed in an insulated combustion chamber. VCUs are an alternative to vapor recovery. Using this process, hydrocarbon vapors are destroyed in a combustor. Combustors are economical while providing a safe method for controlling vapors from the handling, loading, and storage of volatile liquid hydrocarbons or composites when vapor recovery is not a viable option.
The GCES Traveler Series Portable Thermal Oxidizers can be built to accommodate various process conditions, and applications. They have tremendous turn-down capabilities, and can be designed with all-inclusive ancillary equipment such as knockout pots, flame and detonation arrestors, analyzers, fans, generators, and more.
- Trailer mounted and portable
- Custom design for your application requirements
- Standard thermal oxidizer operation, including system controls and safety features
- Low maintenance operation
- Designed for outdoor use
- Compact design reduces footprint
- Nearly every thermal oxidizer type available
- Custom built, turnkey systems
- Adjustable stacks, and multi-bed configurations
- Option of force, or induced, draft fan arrangements
- A variety of material options, to withstand corrosive and high temperature exhaust streams
- Primary and secondary heat recovery systems
- Control panels, that are built in-house
With dozens of GCES portable thermal oxidizer systems in service across the globe, we have provided temporary and mobile solutions to clients in the following industries:
- Oil & Gas
- Chemical Manufacturing
- Coating & Painting
The GCES Traveler Series units are factory assembled, tested, and ready for immediate operation. For more information about portable thermal oxidizers, call 832.476.9024 or email