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ThermoEnergy's patented, cost-effective technology has provided industry-leading solutions for wastewater treatment and resource recovery for more than 25 years by turning wastewater into reusable or discharge grade water and saving the valuable content it has removed for renewed use, Oakley noted.
ThermoEnergy's proprietary products, CAST® and RCAST®, combined with off-the shelf technologies, are cost effective to install and easy to operate and can be used to recover feed stocks, avoid wastewater and contaminate discharge fees, and permit municipalities and industrial operations to re-use wastewater in their processes to save money, Oakley said. Its systems typically achieve payback in about two years by recovering process chemistry for reuse or recycling.
Among the markets and applications this wastewater recovery and treatment technology is able to serve, Oakley included process chemistry recovery, ammonia (nitrogen) recovery, metal finishing, food and beverage, oil and grease recovery, glycol antifreeze recovery from spent aircraft de-icing fluid, and zero-liquid discharge.
In addition, the application can be used for reclamation of precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum. Oakley noted that ThermoEnergy's CAST® and RCAST® technologies are enclosed systems, producing minimal air emissions and much lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Customers include Caterpillar, General Electric, Moog, TTM, EMS, Hartwell, D.G. O'Brien, URS, BOC, Teradyne, Teledyne Wah Chung, Jan-eze Plating, RJR Packaging, and Dart Industries, Oakley noted.
Also in the clean water field, ThermoEnergy anticipates strong demand in 2012 for aircraft de-icing fluid (ADF) recovery systems due to expected new requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oakley noted. A ThermoEnergy system recovers and recycles glycol from spent aircraft de-icing fluid that drips into storm water where it can pollute water bodies and kill aquatic life. EPA effluent guidelines are expected to require airports to collect and properly dispose of glycol. Numerous U.S. airports could be forced to comply over the next several years, Oakley said.