Activated Carbon Facilitated Oxidation

AC FOX - The State of the Art


What major problems does AC FOX solve?

The AC FOX technology represents something new and different to the worlds of hazardous waste disposal, activated carbon use and regeneration, and fuel-to-energy conversion.  It is anticipated that the AC FOX technology will be able to provide superior solutions to industrial requirements.  There are also likely to be applications that only the AC FOX technology can address effectively.

The AC FOX technology addresses multiple disposal issues that currently face many operating industries - disposal of waste liquids, abatement of smog-generating vapors and the disposal of spent activated carbon.  Furthermore, it also addresses these current cost centers in a manner that can produce a valuable source of heat, principally in the form of medim pressure steam (250 to 1000 psi steam) or some other heat transfer media at 400-600 °F.  Thus, the energy produced by AC Fox’s destruction of unwanted industrial byproducts can be utilized as a further cost savings to the industrial operation.

Most technologies that utilize oxidation to convert hydrocarbons to water vapor and carbon oxides utilize thermal combustion.  Thermal combustion processes typically involve open flames and localized temperatures above 1000 °C, requiring specialized materials of construction such as refractory linings and exotic metals.  In contrast, the AC FOX technology temperatures are suitable for carbon steel, which is the least expensive and most versatile fabrication material available.  Compared to alternate available technologies, this translates into much lower capital costs for the installation of a given industrial facility.


Dioxins No More

Given that the operational temperatures associated with the AC FOX technology are much lower and more uniform in the reaction zone than with alternate technologies (in the range of 300 - 700°F), the formation of unwanted side products during the destruction of hazardous liquids - the most notorious being the de novo formation - is eliminated.  Activated carbon provides five square miles of surface area per cubic foot of reactive volume, so significant molecular level temperature fluctuations are non-existent.  This dramatically reduces both reactor effluent treatment requirements and the associated regulatory oversight.



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