Emission control is critical across many different industries, but this is especially true for manufacturing plants. Emission control ensures that harmful by-products of combustion and other processes are controlled as much possible so that work environments are safe for employees and that air pollution is curbed. Not only are there laws and regulations in place that manufacturing plants must follow in order to control their emission output, but manufacturers also benefit in the process as well. When efficiency is improved, so too is a company’s bottom line, which is another reason why manufacturing plants are looking to reduce their emissions as well. With that in mind, here are several ways that manufacturing plants can go about reducing their emissions.
Not only is air filtration critical in manufacturing plants to preserve the quality of products and to eliminate potential public health crises due to contamination, but air filtration can greatly lower emissions as well. Air filters for emission control systems reduce odour, VOCs, smoke and other emissions that result from various manufacturing processes. Depending upon your particular industry, different air filters—ones designed for your particular equipment—will be used.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
Combined heat and power (CHP) is another very effective method of reducing emissions—a method that results in a significant reduction in emissions. Exhaust heat and gases can be converted to watts using turbines, yield a lot of electricity and significantly reduce carbon emissions in the process, especially when it comes to oil refining, steelmaking and other manufacturing processes that use a lot of energy.
Many manufacturers are turning to closed-loop manufacturing, wherein products become remanufactured from recycled materials. This trend was started in the computer industry, with most manufacturers now taking back used computers for the purpose of reusing the parts that can be recycled.
Solar Panels and Wind Turbines
When it comes to cutting emissions related to electricity consumption, solar panels and wind turbines offer improvements, albeit smaller improvements than the methods listed above (due to the sheer amount of energy manufacturing plants use), but improvements nonetheless.
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