Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) Technology

When Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) technology is selected as the best available remediation methodology, it is important to understand the rate of concentration decay. The 80/20 rule for SVE applications considers that 70%-80% of the hydrocarbon mass trapped in the soil will be extracted within months after starting but concentration will be high loadings of 50%-100% of the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL). The remaining 0%-30% will be the longest operating condition at concentration loadings of less than 25% of the LEL.  Understanding this traditional school of thought assists when selecting the most cost-effective oxidation technology.

Ship & Shore Environmental will not only manufacture oxidizers for soil vapor extraction (SVE) applications, but can also integrate SVE blowers on the oxidizer skid. Remote-mounted skid systems, fully enclosed packages in cargo containers, or pre-engineered buildings are also available. Depending on design conditions, we can assist with blower technologies including: regenerative, positive displacement, centrifugal fans, rotary claw, liquid ring, and multi-stage blowers. As your engineering consultant, we can assist with the evaluation of appropriate blower selection that will meet performance specifications and other aspects such as noise level and maintenance requirements.

Once the appropriate SVE blower is selected, Ship & Shore Application Engineers will help you decide the best oxidizer for the project. Determined by various factors, we can evaluate and compare all available technologies. If the initial concentrations are above 50% LEL, then the Direct Fired Thermal Oxidizer would typically be selected (with or without a heat exchanger). Once concentrations drop to less than 25% LEL, this thermal oxidizer can be converted to catalytic mode. One drawback when selecting this system is that once concentrations fall below 12%-13% LEL, the oxidizer will use supplemental fuel, increasing the overall life cycle costs.­

Oxidizer for Soil Vapor Extraction
Soil Vapor Extraction Oxidizer

Example of direct fired thermal oxidizer

Innovative Thermal Oxidizer Manufacturer

Over the past decade, Ship & Shore has made significant advancements to the proven Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) technology.  Traditionally, the smallest RTO commercially available would have a minimum flow rate of about 2,500 scfm; however, our proven RTO design allows us to manufacture units rated from 500 scfm to 80,000 scfm. For remediation applications, this is important as the total life cycle costs are reduced. Ship & Shore RTOs can also manage the initial high loading and are flexible enough to automatically manage process air as concentrations drop.  Unlike the traditional thermal oxidizer design, there is no need to modify the controls when changing over to the catalytic mode and costly catalyst replacement after 50,000 hours of use. Compared to the catalytic thermal oxidizer, our innovative RTO technology will not need supplemental fuel until you reach 2%-3% of the LEL, thereby dramatically reducing annual fuel costs.

SCFM Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer
RTO Thermal Oxidizer Example

Example of 1,200 SCFM regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO)

Depending on the specific site requirements, we are happy to assist with SVE blower selection and manufacture the system to meet any design conditions, but we will also evaluate and compare overall life cycle costs for any of our oxidizer technologies.  Let Ship & Shore help you select the best oxidizer for Soil Vapor Extraction application.

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