RESEARCH PROJECT TO REMOVE SILOXANES FROM DIGESTER GAS
Cyclic organic silicon monomers (siloxanes) used in the manufacture of personal hygiene, health care and industrial silicone products are found in wastewater and solid wastes deposited in landfills. In wastewater treatment plants, they collect in solids processes and volatilize into digester gas. When this gas is combusted to generate power (such as in gas turbines, boilers or internal combustion engines), siloxanes are converted to silicon dioxide (SiO2) precipitants, which in turn deposit on the exhaust stages of the equipment. Deposition on turbine blades, heat exchangers and emissions control equipment is common, resulting in loss of heat transfer efficiency, premature equipment failure and poisoning of catalytic converters. The Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (Districts) investigated siloxane removal technologies and separately tested three solid adsorbents as well as a condenser operating at −28°C (−18°F) for removal of siloxanes in a 85 scmh (50 scfm) pilot-plant size filter operating at 25.8 atm (365 psig).
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2001-01-01
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