THINCELL® COMPARED TO CHEMICAL TREATMENT

REDUCING CONTAMINANTS FROM WATER

Reducing Hydrocarbon Contaminants from Water

Thincell does not require emulsion breakers, clarifiers, coagulants, and dewatering chemicals.

Reducing Bacterial Contaminants from Water

Thincell treatment does not include biocide, coagulant or flocculant chemicals before starting mechanical separation of floc/sludge from water.

Reducing Iron Sulfide Contaminants from Water

Thincell does not need to adjust pH chemically before or after mechanical treatments or add H2S scavengers, coagulants or flocculant chemicals as part of the treatment process.

Reducing Metal Contaminants from Water

Thincell requires no pH adjustment, coagulant or flocculant chemicals before mechanical separation or chemicals for water discharge or dewatering.


SUMMARIZING THINCELL’S ADVANTAGES OVER CHEMICAL TREATMENTS

Thincell

Chemicals (CC)

PROCESS

  • Thincell treats wide range of contaminants.
  • Thincell neutralizes the charge which makes it a very effective treatment technology over a wide pH range
  • Thincell creates many reactions in one treatment chamber

PROCESS

  • Multitude of chemicals required for different contaminants
  • Many chemicals perform in pH range of 6-7 and require a chemical pH adjustment for effective treatment
  • Multitude of chemicals combined with separation or filtration equipment

OPERATION

  • Simple equipment, easy operation
  • Small equipment footprint and materials storage area
  • Gas bubbles produced during electrolysis transport pollutants/floc to the top of the reaction chamber

OPERATION

  • Chemicals require management, specialized equipment and large area for offloading and inventory storage
  • Chemical treatment does not generate treatment and requires secondary flotation equipment to transport pollutants/floc

FLOC/SLUDGE PRODUCTION

  • Thincell floc/sludge production is nearly instantaneous and is considerably larger in size than that formed by chemicals
  • Thincell produces 83% less floc/sludge volume than chemical treatment**

FLOC/SLUDGE PRODUCTION

  • Chemicals produce a small size floc/sludge very slowly
  • Chemicals produce higher volumes of floc/sludge

FLOC/SLUDGE SEPARATION

  • Electrochemical-generated floc/sludge is large and 76% easier to dewater than floc/sludge produced by chemical treatment processes**

FLOC/SLUDGE SEPARATION

  • Floc/sludge produced during chemical treatment processes is small and difficult to dewater
  • Additional chemicals (lime, high pH) may be added to floc/sludge to facilitate dewatering and/or solids removal
  • Chemically-treated water may require expensive tertiary treatment such as filtration to remove the “small fine” floc/sludge

THINCELL (EC)

CHEMICAL TREATMENT (CC)

FLOC/SLUDGE HANDLING COSTS

  • Low floc/sludge generation reduces handling and disposal costs
  • Floc/sludge usually passes TCLP and can be disposed easily

FLOC/SLUDGE HANDLING COSTS

  • Handling costs for additional floc/sludge volume is expensive
  • Chemical sludge may require additional chemical treatment to facilitate disposal which adds cost to the chemical treatment process
  • Floc/sludge is typically classified as a hazardous waste due to the added chemical pollutants
  • Trucking and landfill disposal of hazardous waste and leachable solids is extravagant

ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLINESS

  • No secondary “chemical” pollutant added to the treated water.
  • Floc/sludge neutral pH range
  • No secondary “chemical” pollutant added to the floc/sludge to facilitate dewatering or solids removal
  • Floc/sludge is usually non-hazardous and passes TCLP

ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLINESS

  • Chemicals add another pollutant to the treated water and may increase the dissolved constituents in the treated water rendering it expensive to discharge or impossible to reuse.*
  • Chemicals added to facilitate floc/sludge dewatering further compound chemical pollutants in floc/sludge

END RESULT

  • After electrochemical treatment, treated domestic sewage water will, in most cases, be better than the raw water from which it originated.***

END RESULT

  • Water is less clean using chemicals or sedimentation
  • Chemicals are less effective than Thincell and will remain increasingly so with more stringent regulations

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