Large volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions are associated with the use of solvents. These compounds are extremely dangerous to human health, as they lead to respiratory problems, and they are detrimental to the environment, being ozone precursors. Therefore, manufacturing companies need to comply with strict regulation to reduce VOCs emission to given thresholds. Solvent recovery systems (SRS) are industrial plants used to recover solvents volatilised during manufacturing operations, while abating VOCs emissions. These systems are therefore of vital importance to all companies using solvents in their processes. Unfortunately, due to their large cost and space requirements, these systems are not affordable for SMEs, that can only opt for incineration to fulfil emissions standards.
The purpose of this feasibility study was to analyse the technical, financial and commercial potentialities of SRRP, a pre-assembled modular SRS, to fulfil the needs of small companies to recover solvents, save money and abate emissions.