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AIR-SONIC to open first catalyst wash facility in Europe

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AIR-SONIC, a MIRATECH Company, is set to open the first catalyst washing facility in Europe.

The catalyst chemical washing facility is scheduled to open on 1 October 2020 at AIR-SONIC’s Sinntal, Germany location, providing service to the company’s European and Middle Eastern customers. Along with the catalyst washing system, AIR-SONIC will also offer catalyst testing services at the start of 2021.

“Expanding our chemical washing and testing systems into the European market is a huge benefit for our AIR-SONIC and MIRATECH customers from all over the world,” Stephen Halkett, Managing Director of AIR-SONIC, said. “Catalysts become covered with sulfated ash, zinc, phosphorus and many other contaminants that impact performance. This process allows our customers to continue to use their current catalysts instead of having to buy a new replacement.”

MIRATECH currently has six catalyst washing and testing facilities in the US with a large-scale system processing 40 to 1000 catalyst elements from combustion turbines and small-scale systems processing one to 40 reciprocating engine catalysts. The Catalyst Service Centers are located at the headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the catalyst manufacturing plant in Knoxville, Tennessee; and at authorised partners’ locations in Texas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Rather than replacing a catalyst prematurely, a chemical wash to remove contaminants regenerates the catalyst surface and restores catalytic performance. After the catalyst wash, performance will be tested on MIRATECH’s Multi-Lambda Catalyst Test System. The process is normally complete with a two-day turnaround. MIRATECH can service any make or model of catalyst, with any substrate, used in any brand of stationary reciprocating engine catalytic converter.

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