Curtailing the Threat of Volatile Organic Compounds
As evidence grows that the earth is approaching a dangerous feedback loop that is actually speeding up global warming, scientists are increasingly focusing on the dangerous toxins known as volatile organic compounds.
Sometimes referred to as VOCs, these are organic compounds that easily turn to vapor or gas. Carbon is one VOC. Others include hydrogen, oxygen, fluorine, chlorine, bromine, sulfur, and nitrogen. Released into our air from diesel exhaust, burning oil and natural gas, VOCs are among the most hazardous air pollutants. They combine with nitrous oxides to form ground-level ozone or smog.
How VOCs Assault the Human Body
Those who are most in danger from VOCs are the ones closest to the sources of emission: drivers, construction and oil workers, and people living near factories and oil fields. Long-term exposure to volatile organic compounds can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Short-term exposure to volatile organic compounds can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, fatigue, loss of coordination, allergic skin reactions, nausea, and memory impairment.
In recent years, the move by the United States, China, and European countries to regulate the release of volatile organic compounds has grown rapidly. But new, cutting-edge technologies like fuel catalysts are seen by many as the key to curbing these dangerous pollutants.
Reducing VOCs With the Rentar Fuel Catalyst
In independently verified laboratory tests, the Rentar Fuel Catalyst (RFC) had dramatically reduced the emission of VOCs coming from trucks, construction equipment, and generators. In addition to cutting VOCs, the RFC creates fuel savings of 5 percent or more while keeping engines cleaner by reducing toxic buildup.
In one frequently cited test, the Rentar Fuel Catalyst was installed on a Model 855 Cummins diesel engine and operated under warmed-up, steady state conditions.
The results were stunning. The RFC cut some VOC emissions nearly in half. Specifically, Benzene was cut by 35.4 percent and Toulene by 36.1 percent. Xylene and Ethylbenzene were slashed by 46.2 percent and 48.4 percent, respectively. Acetone was cut by 16.7 percent and Acetaldehydes by 36 percent.
“Basically, the emission of all compounds of possible interest was lower with the Rentar Fuel Catalyst installed than when the engine was operated with diesel fuel alone,” Truesdale Laboratories of California reported.
A Healthy Bottom Line and Healthy Employees
Economists, policy experts, and political leaders are increasingly taking note of what is known as “decoupling” – regulating and curtailing dangerous contaminants like VOCs without hurting economic growth. Some 33 US states have cut CO2 emissions while growing their economies over the past 15 years, according to a new analysis from the Brookings Institution.
The key to continuing this positive trend is breakthrough technology like the Rentar Fuel Catalyst, which can easily fit on trucks, construction vehicles and generators without requiring costly upgrades. With a rapid ROI and easy, hands-on installation, the RFC allows managers and fleet owners to upgrade instantly to a cleaner, healthier operation for both their bottom line and their employees.