Saturday, June 26, 2010

On-Site Chlorine Generation

The safety objections to the large scale production and transportation of chlorine gas is one of the things that drives most of the supporters of mandating inherently safer technology process changes as part of chemical security regulations. While other toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) chemicals are also targeted, it is safe to say that chlorine is the major target, mainly because of the huge volumes in commerce. While there are economical alternatives to chlorine for many users, there are a number of places where chlorine gas just cannot be economically replaced with safer chemicals. A recent article at highlights another potential alternative for many of these facilities, on-site chlorine generation. This article is not a theoretical discussion of potential techniques. Instead it looks at a variety of commercially available technologies and the companies that produce them. Nothing really new in the article, but it is valuable in that it provides contact links for further information on the individual commercial processes that provide chlorine generation (both as chlorine gas and as sodium hypochlorite) on-site. These links make it easier for chlorine users to start the process of looking for potential alternatives to receiving rail cars of liquefied chlorine gas. These commercial systems will not completely eliminate the shipping of chlorine; the economics of the systems just won’t make sense in every application. A number of facilities will have quality standards that probably would not be met by these systems. But, for a large number of potential chlorine users, these options will certainly be worth considering.

1 comment:

Archie said...

I would like to introduce myself, I am Archie Beaton, Executive Director of the Chlorine Free Products Association. The CFPA is an internationally recognized standards and accreditation association founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit headquartered in Algonquin, IL.

The CFPA works with global technology innovators in chemistry, manufacturing, equipment, processes as well as government regulators and engineers to develop and implement strict standards for trademarked items. Our standards are dedicated to sustainable manufacturing and environmental practices improving industrial performance. All products are screened under the SMI (Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative), TCF (Totally Chlorine Free) – PCF (Processed Chlorine Free) using a Sustainability Index = Environmental Policy + Environmental Management + Manufacturing Process + Environmental Risk Management + Product Stewardship + Public Information + Environmental Compliance + Employee Recognition.

CFPA is a leader in acknowledging the need for third party chain of custody involving raw materials, audits of processes and working toward promoting certified sustainable manufacturing process and products. The Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (SMI TCF-PCF) guidelines provide real environmental value to the market. CFPA has no financial interest in the products it certifies, in any manufacturer, or company.

Archie Beaton
Executive Director
Chlorine Free Products Association
1304 S. Main St
Algonquin, IL 60102
847-658-6104 office
847-658-3152 fax

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