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Enhancing Environmental Sustainability in Pulp and Paper Mills with FRP Scrubbers

Topics: Blog, FRP Scrubbers

Posted on March 12, 2024
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The pulp and paper industry is vital in the global economy, providing essential materials for countless products. However, the industry also generates significant environmental impacts due to releasing malodorous gases such as hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans. To mitigate these effects and enhance sustainability, industries increasingly turn to innovative solutions like fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) scrubbers. FRP scrubbers contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable industrial landscape within pulp and paper manufacturing.


The Environmental Challenge in Pulp and Paper Manufacturing

Manufacturing pulp and paper involves various chemical processes that produce pollutants such as gaseous emissions (e.g., hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, sulfur oxides), particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These pollutants pose serious health risks to workers and contribute to environmental degradation. Therefore, effective pollution control measures are crucial for worker safety and environmental sustainability.

In addition to these health and environmental concerns, industries also face regulatory pressures. Strict air quality regulations demand that pulp and paper mills maintain emission levels within specified limits - a task easier said than done considering the diversity of pollutants generated in these industries.

Enter FRP Scrubbers: A Solution for Emission Control

Against this backdrop of complex challenges, FRP scrubbers have emerged as an effective solution for mitigating the environmental impact of pulp and paper mills. Scrubbers made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic offer a cost-effective and reliable means to capture hazardous contaminants before they are released into the atmosphere.

Here’s how FRP scrubbers work: They utilize customizable materials to resist many chemicals while ensuring temperature stability and UV resistance. When harmful gases pass through these scrubbers, they are absorbed and neutralized, thereby preventing the corrosion of equipment and protecting workers and the environment from harmful exposure.

The Benefits of FRP Scrubbers

FRP scrubbers offer several advantages that make them an optimal solution for emission control in pulp and paper mills:

  • Corrosion Resistance: FRP’s nonreactive nature makes it ideal for handling various chemicals without deteriorating. This ensures long-term operation without the need for frequent replacements.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: FRP is typically less costly than high-grade steel alloys required in similar corrosive environments.
  • Design Flexibility: The molding capability of FRP allows for custom scrubber designs that can handle various gas streams with different contaminants.
  • Capture Efficiency: FRP scrubbers can achieve high capture efficiencies for both gaseous and particulate contaminants, making them extremely effective in pollution control.
  • Low Maintenance: Known for its low maintenance requirements, FRP does not rust or require painting, and its smooth surface resists the buildup of contaminants.

Realizing the Full Potential of FRP Scrubbers

While FRP scrubbers offer significant benefits, realizing their full potential requires addressing some limitations. For instance, these scrubbers are generally limited to an inlet gas temperature of 220°F. However, upstream close-coupled evaporative quenches can be added to accommodate higher temperatures. Similarly, although FRP scrubbers are generally limited to 1 psig pressure or vacuum, design considerations can help accommodate pressure conditions from full vacuum to 15 psig.

For a deeper dive into the function and applications of wet scrubbers, check out this white paper.

Enhancing Sustainability with Sly’s Expertise

With its extensive experience in air pollution control systems and commitment to environmental sustainability, Sly stands ready to assist industries in implementing effective emission control measures. Our team of expert engineers can customize industrial dust collectors or wet scrubber systems, including FRP scrubbers, to meet your specific needs.

We understand that each industry has its unique challenges and requirements. That’s why we offer detailed proposals, engineering drawings, and 3D models, along with custom design and fabrication, to ensure a perfect fit for your operations.

With nearly 150 years of experience in the field, we have honed our manufacturing capabilities to deliver reliable solutions that minimize environmental impact while maximizing operational efficiency. Our FRP scrubbers are designed to withstand aggressive chemicals at all humidity levels, ensuring long-term reliability and performance.

Charting a Sustainable Future with Sly 

FRP scrubbers represent a significant step forward in enhancing environmental sustainability in pulp and paper mills. These innovative solutions contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable industrial landscape by effectively absorbing and neutralizing harmful gases. At Sly, we’re proud to be part of this journey toward greater environmental responsibility and industry progression. We remain committed to delivering high-quality, customizable solutions that meet the specific needs of our clients while contributing positively to our shared environment.

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