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Calgon Carbon [NYSE: CCC]: Pioneering Wastewater Management with Disinfection Technology
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Steve Schott, President & CEO
The dwindling global water resources and the environmental impact of human activity on the water supply has made wastewater management relevant than ever before. Furthermore, the wastewater from industries and municipal dischargers carries a variety of pollutants that can adversely affect the ecology of water bodies and have resulted in the implementation of various governmental regulations. Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC) helps clients meet these demanding regulations, prevent the migration of contaminants into protected waters, and assist the reuse of wastewater. CCC is a global leader in the activated carbon and reactivation industry with complementary expertise in ultraviolet disinfection and oxidation, ion exchange technology, and ballast water treatment for making water safer and cleaner. The company employs 1,300 people and operates 20 manufacturing, reactivation, innovation and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe.
The activated carbon product lines of CCC, including FILTRASORB, CENTAUR, and more are developed to remove organic compounds such as trichloroethylene (TCE). This reduces toxicity in wastewater to allow safe discharge into surface water. The company also offers reliable thermal reactivation services, for instance, RCRA Hazardous spent carbons. After an activated carbon’s adsorptive capacity has been exhausted, it can be returned to CCC for thermal reactivation and are cost-effectively recycled back to facilities for continued use. Besides, CCC designs and engineers UV disinfection systems incorporating the product line C3 series to treat the flows of most open channel wastewater streams and combined sewer overflows. The company’s UV technology disinfects wastewater by scrambling the DNA of organic contaminants without creating harmful by-products. Also, its ion exchange technology including ISEP and fixed bed remove the perchlorate, nitrate and hexavalent chromium from municipal wastewater. Furthermore, the company designs and manufactures a wide range of capital and service equipment that can be easily installed at any treatment site.
“We have the products, services, and technical expertise to help facilities meet demanding municipal and industrial wastewater discharge regulations,” says Steve Schott, President and CEO at Calgon Carbon Corporation.
CCC holds the highest standards in the development, testing, and production of its products. With comprehensive analytical support, including feasibility studies and cost evaluations, the company has its products explicitly engineered for customer needs. The company’s product portfolio encompasses more than 700 direct market applications. “We identify early trends and be at the forefront of innovation to provide solutions to emerging challenges and have scientific innovators with over 240 patents,” remarks Schott.
We have the products, services, and technical expertise to help facilities meet demanding municipal and industrial wastewater discharge regulations
In 2011, a prominent chemical manufacturer plant was seeking a cost-saving alternative to wastewater disposal. They required an in-house treatment for the wastewater to reduce the organic chemical content in water and go to the plant for reuse instead of disposal. CCC conducted pilot testing for the suitability and installed a modular carbon adsorption system configured as two adsorbers with connecting piping. The company designed the system to purify process wastewater through GAC adsorption. CCC also supplied a large volume of reactivated carbon to the client and implemented spent activated carbon reactivation, which reduced the carbon footprint and costs for the plant. Furthermore, the company leased the carbon adsorption equipment and provided Field Service personnel for equipment maintenance and troubleshooting the client. Thus CCC helped the chemical plant to meet its cost-saving goals and manage wastewater effectively.
CCC aims to develop more innovative technologies to protect people and the environment while maintaining a highly motivated workforce that has a strong commitment to its customers, shareholders, and society. “We are dedicated to maintaining the scientific currency, continuously developing new processes, standards, and methods that make water purification more efficient, productive, and predictable,” concludes Schott.
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