Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Concentrator Desorption Technology Demonstration(ST7381-1)

Environmental C&C, Inc.


Emission Control and Chemical Technologies (EC&C) has been involved for ten years with the design, fabrication, and marketing of fluid bed carbon adsorption concentrator systems. EC&C’s basic products incorporate a fluidized bed adsorber and a moving bed desorber for the concentration and reclamation/disposal of VOCs in industrial process airstreams. All equipment design, manufacturing, and control system fabrication are provided by companies close to Albany. The overall intention of EC&C is to develop a fully integrated operation in NYS to service the VOC abatement market.

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Project Description

The proposed project will demonstrate EC&C’s “Innovative Fluidized Bed Concentrator Desorption Technique,” developed under NYSERDA agreement 4955 (completed 3/01). The technology will reduce emissions from finishing furniture at Stickley, Audi, Inc. The installation will be the first in NYS and the first application of the new desorption technology in a finishing/painting application. Success will be determined by passing a performance test conducted by an independent party, resulting in Stickley being in compliance with regulatory standards, and thereby enabling them to meet their objective of expanded production capacity.


The cost-effective, energy-efficient treatment of airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) will serve to meet Stickley’s requirement for expanded production, while satisfying their obligation to control industrial emissions associated with that expansion. The technology is expected to reduce operating cost, lower energy use, and reduce overall load. Measurement methods have been identified. Success of the demo may also enhance EC&C sales and jobs, and allow other companies, presently “capped out” by their Title V air permits, the opportunity to expand production while reducing their present levels of VOC emissions. In particular, based on Toxic Release Inventory data, the wood furniture and fixtures market in the US presents a large opportunity to apply this technology.

Project Results

A unit was built and operated as a demonstration unit at a furniture repair facility in Schenectady, NY.


Environmental C&C, Inc.
146 Vley Rd
Scotia, NY 12302

Principle Investigator

Hal Cowles

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Demonstration

Technologies Types:

Waste Management and Pollution Prevention
Emission controls

NYSERDA Contact Information

Richard Drake


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST7381-1

Last Updated: 6/28/2013