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Queen’s Award for Porvair Filtration Group

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Porvair Filtration Group has announced that it has recently been given the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, and has said that the combined effects of environmental accountability and the feedstock availability will continue to drive innovation across the gasification industry. Other market drivers are the diminishing options of waste storage, and enhanced energy security needs, a chief concern of almost every sovereign nation.

Porvair has said that this demand is driving a need for more efficient filtration of syngas produced from the gasification process. This is due to the char becoming finer and the feedstock becoming more complex, often a blend of coal with petroleum coke, coal with biomass, biomass and MSW, and the conversion of used automotive tyres. Filter media must therefore evolve to be more surface retentive, mechanically robust, permeable, and with enhanced chemical inertness and thermal stability.


Andy Bevis, Gasification Business Manager said, “Porvair is committed to developing technology to help to realise new benefits to the gasification industry, and believes there is a huge opportunity in this growing global market. Gasification has been used to produce light, heat and energy for nearly 200 years. During the World Wars, it was considered to be of particular importance due to the global disruption in petroleum supplies.

“Today’s advanced gasification technologies incorporate significant improvements over those early versions; greater flexibility, vastly increased scale, and new applications are driving gasification technologies to gain more prominence than ever before. Porvair has been working on gasification filtration technology for 20 years, and is excited to be involved in the industry’s development. With increased feedstock complexity, filtration technology must keep pace with industry demands.

“The challenge will be met through the combination of surface orientated media filtration technology and the alloying of differing materials in specific forms to achieve the necessary improvement in characteristics. Provair’s recent innovations promise greater efficiency, reduced operating cost and more flexibility than what the market currently offers, and we expect that the coming years will fully unlock the potential that we’ve known has existed for decades.”

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

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