A hungry community of microbes captures and digests pollution.
Microbes in specially designed compost-filled spheres
are eating away at the world’s carbon emissions problem. Bio-Reaction
Industries (BRI), a company that uses microbes from ordinary compost in its
bio-oxidation systems to eliminate toxic emissions from factories, has
installed 10 new systems for customers in the wood products industry in the
last year alone.
More than 25 large-scale Bio-Reaction systems are in place throughout the United States, with customers such as
Weyerhaeuser, Toyota and Sherwin-Williams; the
company has also expanded into global markets, with representative partnerships
in China, Southeast Asia and
Europe. The latest installations in the wood
products industry are complete with the following customers: Weyerhaeuser,
Collins Forest Products, Freres Lumber, Humboldt Flakeboard, J.M. Huber,
Louisiana-Pacific, Norbord, Roseburg Forest Products, and Temple Inland.
“With a boost from our patented technology, the microbes have a chance to be
heroes in the climate change arena. They eat bad pollutants, reduce carbon emissions
and, save companies hundreds of thousands – sometimes millions – of dollars in
energy costs,” said Karl Mundorff, President and CEO, Bio-Reaction Industries.
“Reaching this milestone of adoption in the wood products industry was driven
by two factors: first, our technology has been proven to meet the latest EPA
emissions requirements and second, it not only allows manufacturers to reduce
green house gas emissions, it also lowers their energy costs. Instead of
burning off pollutants with thermal oxidizers that use natural gas, pollutants
are degraded naturally through the help of our hungry
Weyerhaeuser Co. has installed a Bio-Reaction system at its Elkin, NC, facility
to ensure that its oriented strand board panel manufacture exhaust complies
with emissions standards. “These natural filtration systems really cut down on
our carbon emissions,” said Bob Olson, engineering director, iLevel Engineered
Wood Products division of Weyerhaeuser, Co. “Since the system has been up and
running, we’ve also been very pleased with the ease and low cost for operation
Bio-Reaction’s systems are used by a variety of industries that have
manufacturing and industrial facilities that produce VOCs, HAPs and odors, from
coatings, to chemical processing and the petrochemical industry. Unlike
outdated thermal oxidizing systems that use natural gas fuel to burn away
pollutants with the resulting costs and environmental impact, Bio-Reaction’s
patented Bio-AIRSPHERES™ use naturally occurring microbes to eliminate the air
pollution. As a result, the Bio-Reaction solution costs 90 percent less to
operate than a thermal oxidizing system, it does not produce large quantities
of greenhouse gases and there are no NOx or SOx emissions.
For more information, visit http://www.bioreaction.com.
Microbes in Compost: The Little Heroes Battle Climate Change
May 1, 2010