INNOVATIVE HAZARDOUS FLYASH AND INDUSTRIAL PROCESS DUST VITRIFICATION TECHNOLOGY

Award Information
Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,754.00
Award Year:
1991
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
14186
Agency Tracking Number:
14186
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3770 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA, 19426
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr W Francis Olix
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE DISPOSAL OF ALL TYPES OF WASTES, MUNICIPAL, MEDICAL, ANDINDUSTRIAL, IS A SIGNIFICANT AND INCREASING PROBLEM FACING THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT TODAY. MOST OF THE WASTE BEING GENERATED IS CURRENTLY BEING LANDFILLED; HOWEVER, AS MANY ASONE-THIRD OF THE CURRENTLY ACTIVE LANDFILLS COULD REACH CAPACITY IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. AS THE CAPACITY OF THE LANDFILLS DECREASES AND THE LANDFILLING CONSTS INCREASE, INCINERATION BECOMES AN ATTRACTIVE MEANS OF VOLUME REDUCTION. HOWEVER, ONE BYPRODUCT OF THE INCINERATION PROCESS, FLYASH, CONTAINS A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF HEAVY METALS WHICH HAVE TO BE DISPOSED OF IN HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILLS AT A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN COST TO THE INCINERATOR OPERATORS, AND ULTIMATELY, THE PUBLIC. MUNICIPLE SOLID WASTE (MSW) INCINERATORS ALONE PRODUCE APPROXIMATELY 450,00 TO 800,000 TONS OF FLYASH ANNUALLY. DISPOSAL OF THIS FLYASH IN HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILLS COULD COST FROM $100 MILLION TO $800 MILLION ANNUALLY, DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF THE LANDFILLS. THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ADVANCED FLYASH/DUST VITRIFICATION SYSTEM IS PROPOSED AS A MEANS OF ELIMINATING THE FLYASH DISPOSAL PROBLEM ASSOCIATED WITH INCINERATION. THE TECHNOLOGY BEING PROPSOSED AS A MEANS OF ELIMINATING THE FLYASH DISPOSAL PROBLEM ASSOCIATED WITH INC THE DISPOSAL OF ALL TYPES OF WASTES, MUNICIPAL, MEDICAL, ANDINDUSTRIAL, IS A SIGNIFICANT AND INCREASING PROBLEM FACING THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT TODAY. MOST OF THE WASTE BEING GENERATED IS CURRENTLY BEING LANDFILLED; HOWEVER, AS MANY AS ONE-THIRD OF THE CURRENTLY ACTIVE LANDFILLS COULD REACH CAPACITY IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. AS THE CAPACITY OF THE LANDFILLS DECREASES AND THE LANDFILLING CONSTS INCREASE, INCINERATION BECOMES AN ATTRACTIVE MEANS OF VOLUME REDUCTION. HOWEVER, ONE BYPRODUCT OF THE INCINERATION PROCESS, FLYASH, CONTAINS A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF HEAVY METALS WHICH HAVE TO BE DISPOSED OF IN HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILLS AT A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN COST TO THE INCINERATOR OPERATORS AND, ULTIMATELY, THE PUBLIC. MUNICIPLE SOLID WASTE (MSW) INCINERATORS ALONE PRODUCE APPROXIMATELY 450,000 TO 800,000 TONS OF FLYASH ANNUALLY. DISPOSAL OF THIS FLYASH IN HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILLS COULD COST FROM $100 MILLION TO $800 MILLION ANNUALLY, DEPENDING ON THE LOCATION OF THE LANDFILLS. THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ADVANCED FLYASH/DUST VITRIFICATION SYSTEMS IS PROPOSED AS A MEANS OF ELIMINATING THE FLYASH DISPOSAL PROBLEM ASSOCIATED WITH INCINERATION. THE TECHNOLOGY BEING PROPOSED IS BASED ON ADVANCE IN-FLIGHT SUSPENSION GLASS MELTING TECHNOLOGY BEING DEVELOPED BY VORTEC CORPORATION FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY. PHASE I OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WILL VERIFY THE TECHNICALAND ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY OF FLYASH VITRIFICATION IN AN ADVANCED CYCLONE MELTING SYSTEM VIA TESTING WITH A PILOT- SCALE FACILITY. THE SYSTEM WILL VITRIFY THE MATERIAL IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO PRODUCE A PRODUCT WHICH WILL MEET THE CRITERIA FOR DISPOSAL IN A NON-HAZARDOUS LANDFILL AND MAY HAVE A COMMERCIAL VALUE. VORTEC CORPORATION FOR THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY.

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