Chemical gas scrubbers for industrial emission treatment

Gas scrubbers are one of the most widely used technologies for the treatment of industrial off gases. Gas scrubbers are used for the removal of harmful and odorous components. Gas scrubbers are often called scrubbers, industrial air scrubbers or absorbers. Gas scrubbers can be built for both large and small flow rates (see also compact tank and lab scrubbers).

What are air scrubbers?

In a scrubber, the contaminated air stream is brought into contact with a cleaning liquid to remove the unwanted components from the gas. These components are absorbed into the liquid. Inside the column there are filler bodies or packing to maximize the efficiency of the scrubber. The scrubbing liquid consists of water to which chemicals have been added.

An air scrubber or gas scrubber mainly consists of the following components:

  • washing tower (packed column)
  • packing (structured or loose, Pall rings, Raschig rings, …)
  • droplet separator
  • nozzle(s) or liquid distributor
  • pump
  • chemical dosing unit
  • measuring and control equipment (pH, redox)
  • water replenishment system
  • H2S (hydrogen sulfide)
  • NH3 (ammonia)
  • HCl (hydrochloric acid)
  • SO2 (sulfur dioxide)
  • RHS (mercaptans or thiols)
  • CH2O (formaldehyde, formaline)
  • amines
  • phenol
  • HNO3 (nitric acid)
  • NOx (nitrogen oxide)
  • EO (ethylene oxide), …
Air Scrubber Port of Antwerp 130000 m³/h - Luchtwasser Kallo geurbehandeling

A tailor-made gas scrubber 

Our gas scrubbers are always designed for the offered emission flow and can be adjusted to the customer’s needs. Each gas scrubber is designed in such a way, that it can always anticipate changes in the production process (both in terms of composition of the off-gases and in terms of flow rate), within certain limits. 

What are the advantages of a gas scrubber?

  • relatively simple and well controllable
  • low energy consumption
  • compact and space-saving
  • predictable and guaranteed efficiency
  • high removal efficiency
  • low maintenance
  • versatile

What are the disadvantages with gas scrubbers?

  • waste water must be treated
  • water and chemical consumption
  • frost sensitive
  • an excess of dust and/or grease in the emissions can clog the packing
  • for some odour control applications, prior pilot tests may be advisable, in order to estimate the feasibility (see also pilot gas scrubbers)

In which sectors can air scrubbers be used?

  • waste disposal and waste processing industry
  • (petro)chemical industry
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • food industry
  • animal feed
  • fertilizer production and processing
  • oil-processing industry
  • electronics
  • metal and surface treatment
All industries emitting polluted air!

Heat recovery linked to air scrubbers

Most types of air scrubbers can optionally equipped with a heat recovery system. The recovered heat can be used to heat process water (see also heat exchangers). Such a heat recuperation system allows for considerable savings on energy costs. At the current energy cost it would be a pity to waste energy generated in your production process. Of course, an existing air scrubbing installation can be equipped with a heat recovery system.


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