An Innovative VOCs Incinerator

Period of Performance: 07/27/2015 - 07/26/2017


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc.
1046 New Holland Ave Array
Lancaster, PA 17601
Principal Investigator, Firm POC


An innovative, non-catalytic high destruction efficiency, and low fuel consumption VOC incinerator is proposed to reduce VOCs from condensate tanks and other low heat value waste gas streams. The proposed technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. The proposed technology can completely eliminate undesirable VOC emissions. It uses effective heat recirculation from the hot reacted stream to extend the flammability of the reactants containing the VOCs. There are no moving parts or catalysts involved. As such, the capital and operational costs are low. The feasibility of using a Swiss-roll combustor as a VOCs incinerator was successfully demonstrated. Ultra high destruction efficiency, reaction stability, and low fuel consumption were experimentally shown. The proposed technology has attracted interest from the VOC industry. In Phase II, Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. (ACT) will continue to improve the Swiss-roll incinerator design and fabrication process. ACT will work with University of Southern California to develop a numerical model to help guide the incinerator design. ACT will further increase the technical readiness level of the technology through system level demonstration. Waste heat extraction and utilization from the incinerator using ACTs heat pipe technology will also be explored. The proposed technology can be applied to several waste gas incineration applications including those from landfill gas, chemical plants, hospitals, etc. Its low fuel consumption, high destruction efficiency, and low capital and operational cost are the key benefits associated with the technology and give it a competitive edge over alternative VOC removal systems.