ThermoEnergy Corporation Chairman and CEO, Cary Bullock, announced that he anticipates strong demand in 2012 for aircraft de-icing fluid (ADF) recovery systems, due to expected new requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Inland Waters of Ohio, an Inland Industrial Services division, owns and operates a ThermoEnergy ADF 6000 Recovery System at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The ThermoEnergy system recovers and recycles dewatered glycol from spent aircraft de-icing fluid and storm water.
ThermoEnergy Corp. is a diversified technologies company engaged in the development and sales of leading edge wastewater recovery and power generation technologies in global markets.
During icy weather, the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency safety regulations require airplanes to be de-iced using aircraft de-icing fluids (ADF) that contain ethylene or propylene glycol, Bullock noted. However, glycol can pollute water bodies, kill aquatic creatures, and contaminate drinking water. Proposed EPA effluent guidelines are expected to require airports to remove 99% of the glycol in their recovered storm water before it is discharged, Bullock pointed out.
“Our ADF recovery system is now being used at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, and we are in final negotiations with another U.S. airport,” said Bullock. “Just as importantly, regulations are also sweeping across Europe and ThermoEnergy recently made the bidding list to provide an ADF recovery system at one of the largest airports in the world.”
“In 2012, a number of other, major U.S. airports will begin aircraft deicing fluid recovery programs to reduce discharges of glycol into storm water run-off and meet looming EPA guidelines for compliance,” said Bullock. “In addition, there may be several dozen or more U.S. airports that could be forced to comply over the next several years.”
ThermoEnergy’s ADF Recovery Systems can meet the proposed EPA regulations, and unlike other treatment methods, recover the glycol in a pure form that can be reused to formulate aircraft de-icing fluid or be recycled into other products. By recovering the value of glycol, airports can significantly reduce the costs of aircraft de-icing operations.