VICHEM ensures that its expertise doesn't go to waste

Thanks to VICHEM's revolutionary thermal oxidation system called pulvaporization, the French company makes it possible to treat gaseous or liquid waste with very high viscosity, while maintaining dioxins and nitrogen oxides at a very low level in the process, thus benefiting the environment. VICHEM specialises in the design, installation and commissioning of turnkey units for waste treatment and will be showcasing its technology at various trade fairs to be held in Central & Eastern Europe as well as China in the autumn. The company is seeking local partners.

The revolutionary design of the oxidizer, the pulvaporization system developed by VICHEM, enables it to atomize and vaporize the waste in one single step. Independent tests, performed on site, have proved that this unique thermal oxidation system gives a DRE (Destruction and Removal Efficiency) of more than 99.99%, with stack emissions well within existing environmental standards. The system developed by VICHEM has unequalled reliability and can operate for up to 8,500 hours per year.

Each unit consists of a burner, a furnace and a quench unit, and has been used for the destruction of chlorinated and/or fluorinated waste, in which the halogenated content can vary from very low to very high concentration, while recovering energy through steam production. These innovative systems make it possible to treat waste with a high salt content, while recovering energy in the form of steam. VICHEM's technology for treating halogenated waste makes it possible to recycle acids such as HCl, HF and HBr, depending on the application.

VICHEM has also widened the field of applications for its system so as to successfully treat specific types of industrial waste, hazardous or very hazardous. Besides, VICHEM supplies a number of pollution-management systems including oxidation, gas filtration, energy recovery, gas scrubbing, absorption and adsorption, stripping, quench systems, and pure acid production, among others.

With the benefit of 50 years of experience and thanks to this advanced technology in the field of industrial waste treatment - whether the waste is solid, liquid or gaseous - VICHEM counts many sector leaders among its clients, including Atofina, Rhone-Poulenc, Solvay, and Rhodia. In the UK, the French specialist company supplies Rhodia Fine Organics with its waste-treatment unit, and is looking for new partners. In the Republic of Ireland and in the Netherlands, VICHEM is looking for a local representative to sell and distribute its innovative systems in the country.

VICHEM will be present at the CHEMTEC trade show in Prague (Czech Republic) from 6 to 8 October 2004; at the Waste Recycling & Disposal trade show in Moscow (Russia) from 14 to 17 October 2004; at POLLUTEC in Shanghai (China) from 3 to 5 November 2004; and at the POLEKO trade show in Poznan (Poland) from 16 to 19 November 2004. Since 1948, VICHEM has been a specialist in the treatment of hazardous, very hazardous and halogenated waste. The company, which is based near Grenoble (in South-Eastern France), has been developing technologies for environmental protection. VICHEM's clients are large companies that use chemicals in their production processes as well as small businesses, all of which must comply with stringent EU or US standards (the latter known as EPA standards).

Many waste-treatment units set up by VICHEM - each designed to meet the requirements of individual clients - are currently operating throughout the world. VICHEM supervises each project from start to finish, including the provision of services such as inspection, maintenance and training. Its experience enables VICHEM to start new units, as well as modify existing ones, without delays or complications, on behalf of client-companies. Finally, VICHEM's experienced technical personnel assess each client-request in order to supply the solution that is most suitable for the company concerned.

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