Non-Equilibrium Plasma Chemical Process to Control VOC's from Paint Spray Booths and for Nox Reduction

Period of Performance: 09/25/1995 - 09/25/1997


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Beltran, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


The Phase I SBIR USAF contract entitled "Non-Equilibrium Plasma Chemical Process (NEPCP) for Control of NOx, VOC's and Air Toxics," demonstrated that this process can be used to control emissions from various combustion and/or industrial sources, including paint spray booths. The USAF has many paint spray booths on various air bases around the world which exhaust large volumes of exhaust air contaminated with paint overspray and volatile organic compounds (VOC's). Environmental requirements in the U.S. and abroad require the reduction of emissions. However, due to the low concentrations of VOC's and the large air volumes of the paint spray booth exhausts, the standard solutions applied to VOC emission control are not economic. Beltran proposes to apply the NEPCP technology to control VOC's from paint spray booths NOx sources. To demonstrate the NEPCP technology it is proposed to develop various techniques which will enable to construction and testing of an NEPCP module on a paint spray booth exhaust at Tyndall AF Base, Florida. The successful demonstration of this technology will enable the application of NEPCP to many USAF paint spraying facilities, as well as have worldwide commercial application to control painting emissions which largely are unabated due to the uneconomic technology presently available. The commercialization of the NEPCP process will have great potential since the process can be applied to many pollution problems beyond paint spray booth emissions and NOx reduction, such as power stations, incinerators, combustin devices, industrial and chemical processes, diesel engine and jet engine exhausts.