About MCS™ Technology

The Matrix Constituent Separator (MCS™) Technology is a non-mixing, ex-situ batch process that uses infrared heat, an air stripping effect and vacuum to volatilize and strip the target chemical contaminants from the treatment matrix and recover the target chemicals as liquids.

The MCS™ Technology is a cost-effective alternative to the treatment of matrices impacted with hazardous substances, petroleum products, including fuels, volatile and semi-volatile compounds, chlorinated solvents, and other RCRA chemicals. It is based on the principles of convection, conduction, radiant heating, air stripping and vacuum extraction.

An ideal remedial solution for limited access, restricted space, remote locations or high-visibility sites. The MCS™ Technology offers several distinct advantages over traditional low temperature thermal desorption (LTTD) and other soil remediation technologies:

• Modular and inconspicuous set-up
• Low noise operation
• Batch-mode treatment
• Low mobilization, demobilization and treatment costs
• Portable, compact design for indoor or outdoor use
• Minimized probability of dioxin, furan and/or HCL production
• No direct-flame contact with matrix
• Small footprint
• No dust emissions during treatment
• Flexible, non –destructive air emission control capabilities
• Variable throughputs for small or large jobs

The MCS™ Technology has consistently been demonstrated as a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatment methods. The MCS™ Technology has been used to treat over hundreds of thousands of tons of impacted materials, worldwide.

Government and industry have embraced the MCS™ Technology’s modular, compact, energy efficient, flexible operational capabilities and low noise features. These unique features have facilitated community relations and permitting issues. The innovative design and mechanically simple operation of the low temperature thermal desorber and its associated air emission control system have increased the safety and health of humans and the surrounding environment by minimizing the creation of the dangerous by-products often associated with traditional high-temperature thermal systems or incineration processes.

Project sites have been as diverse as the chemical contaminants treated, and have included:

• Major US Department of Defense Bases, Depots and Airport sites;
• US Department of Energy operating facilities and R&D depots;
• Major US & Multinational petroleum and petrochemical refineries, distribution sites, and manufacturing facilities;
• US EPA Superfund Contaminated Lands Sites;
• Major US Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage & Disposal (TSD) facilities;
• US and International railroad authority depots;
• Wide range of US and International industrial manufacturing facilities;
• Commercial facilities such as dry cleaning & petrol service stations;
• Agricultural parcels;
• Oil exploration fields;

The video below is provided courtesy of Emergency Response TV (ERTV) who conducted the interviews with US EPA and technical staff on location of the US EPA Superfund Site at the abandoned FCX pesticide distribution facility in North Carolina, USA.