As Gas Catalytic Infrared emitters are flame less, there are no noxious catalytic heater emissions. The heat produced is a low intensity Infrared energy which heats objects, rather than air, so fuel efficiency is highest. Operation is simple and straightforward: natural gas (or propane) contacts oxygen in the air in the presence of a catalyst. The chemical interaction produces heat and reduces the gas to harmless carbon dioxide and water.
Why Catalytic Heater Emissions Matter
The table below shows the difference between natural gas which produces heat catalytically, and gas, oil and coal which is burnt to produce heat. The latter produces significant amounts of regulated pollutants.There is no flame in a catalytic heater, because the reaction occurs at a temperature below the ignition temperature of gas. Since this reaction is totally flameless, there are no CO or NOX emissions associated with open flame gas systems.
Fossil Fuel Emission Levels (pounds per 2 Million BTU of Energy Input)
Catalytic Natural Gas
Carbon Carbon Monoxide
* Pounds of Water to Gallons of Water: 8.34 Pounds / gallon
* Catalytic Natural Gas Conversion — CH4+202 —› CO2+2H20+Heat
* Catalytic Propane Conversion — C3H8+502 —› 3CO2+4H20+Heat
Added Efficiency Benefits
So, not only are industrial process heating systems that use Gas Catalytic Technology environmentally friendly, our control systems are able to regulate the heat output, to optimize the curing profile of the powder on the parts. This means that the total energy used can be up to 50% less than a conventional gas fired convection oven.
When compared to electrically powered infrared systems the efficiency and cost savings really start to multiply. Electricity costs are consistently four times more expensive, and the infrared produced by a gas catalytic system is more easily absorbed by powder coatings.
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