Carbtrol has supplied VOC removal from water systems utilizing activated carbon filtration to industrial plants throughout North America. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in water from a variety of industrial sources must be treated to conform to local and EPA regulations.
Carbrol’s solutions effectively remove volatile organic contaminants from water. Typical applications include xylene removal. MEK removal, MIBK removal, benzene removal, TPH removal, PFAS removal, decolorization and oil/grease removal. With systems ranging from our drum canister filters to our high pressure adsorbers, our engineers can provide the right solution for you.
For site remediation applications, Carbtrol offers a complete line of solutions for spill remediation and groundwater treatment. Our environmental remediation equipment can be customized for your application.
VOC Removal from Water
Activated carbon is a highly effective and widely used method for removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from water. VOCs are a diverse group of chemicals that can easily evaporate into the air and dissolve in water, posing potential health risks when present in drinking water. Activated carbon is a porous material with a large surface area, providing an ideal environment for the adsorption of VOC molecules. The activation process involves heating carbon-rich materials, such as coconut shells or coal, in the presence of a gas that creates pores and increases the surface area, enhancing its ability to attract and trap VOCs.
In the water treatment process, activated carbon acts as a sponge for VOCs, adsorbing them onto its surface. The adsorption occurs through physical and chemical forces, effectively capturing the VOC molecules and preventing them from entering the water supply. The porous structure of activated carbon allows for a high degree of contact between the carbon and water, maximizing the removal efficiency of VOCs. This method is particularly advantageous because it is versatile and can target a wide range of VOCs, making it suitable for various industrial and municipal water treatment applications.
One key consideration in using activated carbon for VOC removal is the eventual saturation of the carbon bed. Over time, the activated carbon becomes laden with adsorbed VOCs, reducing its effectiveness. To maintain optimal performance, regular replacement of the activated carbon is necessary. Overall, the use of activated carbon for removing VOCs from water is a proven and reliable technique that contributes to ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water.
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