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Electrostatic Precipitator

  • By: David Hosansky
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

An electrostatic precipitator is a device that cleans up particulates, including dust and ashes, from smokestacks and other flues by using an induced electrostatic charge. It is a tool to help companies meet regulatory requirements and minimize their impacts on air pollution. The precipitator, also known as an electrostatic air cleaner, applies energy only to the particulate matter being collected and therefore is relatively energy efficient. It also works effectively without significantly impeding the flow of gases.

Electrostatic precipitators are widely used in numerous industrial applications as well as in some household settings. Highly effective at reducing particle pollution, including those in the micrometer range, they can handle large volumes of gas at various temperatures and flow rates, removing either solid particles or liquid droplets. ...

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