TI awarded for innovative clean-air partnership
A groundbreaking partnership between TI and Matros Technologies Incorporated
has contributed to cleaner air for the Dallas/Fort Worth
area. The results of this partnership have earned it a Texas Environmental
the state’s highest environmental honor, presented by the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
L to R Governor Rick Perry; TCEQ Commissioner Bryan
W. Shaw, Ph.D; Dr. Yurii Matros, Ph.D., president,
Matros Technologies; TCEQ Chairman Buddy Garcia; John Miller, TI
project manager; TCEQ Commissioner Larry
Soward; and Texas Senator Kip Averitt.
TI and St. Louis-based Matros Technologies found new
ways to reduce air emissions from volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) while also reducing fuel use and the
resulting emissions of nitrogen oxides. VOCs and nitrogen
oxides contribute to the formation of ground-level
ozone, an air pollutant with potentially harmful respiratory
A unique solution
In 2005, TI asked Matros Technologies to help solve
a problem that has plagued the industry since regenerative
thermal oxidizers went into use to reduce air pollution
— the formation of silica, which plugs up the oxidizers.
When that happens, the oxidizers cannot perform the
critical task of reducing VOCs.
Engineers from Matros and TI devised an industry-specific
catalyst that solved the problem. Since the Dallas/Fort
Worth area is not in attainment with national ambient
air quality standards, innovative measures like this
one are welcome.
The installation of the new catalyst makes it possible
to oxidize VOCs at lower temperatures, reducing TI's
fuel costs by almost $900,000 a year. More importantly,
the new, efficient process cut nitrogen oxides emissions
by 45 percent and eliminates the disposal of 136 tons
of packing material every four years. Reduced maintenance
downtime also reduces VOC emissions.
The solution has been such a success that TI recently
reported its findings at the International SEMATECH
Manufacturing Initiative in the hope that similar facilities
around the world will turn to this technology. The
performance to date drives home the point that environmental
stewardship is not only good for the planet; it's
good for the bottom line as well.
TCEQ annually presents Texas Environmental Excellence
Awards to environmental projects across the state that
demonstrate excellence in resource conservation, waste
reduction and pollution prevention. The award-winning
programs reflect the goals of the TCEQ: to protect
Texas' human and natural resources and to ensure
clean air, clean water and the safe management of waste.