In the process of treating wastewater, methane gas is a given issue that has to be addressed. If the methane is not burned up properly and eliminated, it can accumulate in the atmosphere and generate a safety threat in the entire vicinity of the treatment facility. These digestive gases, as they are often referred to, are best handled by installing biogas flare systems. These systems are capable of encapsulating the gas and igniting it to eliminate it from the atmosphere. While most people in the wastewater treatment industry rely on some type of open-flare system for biogas eradication, enclosed-flare biogas systems tend to be a better option. Here is a look at a few reasons why that is the case.
Enclosed flares can offer a private burning process.
Even though biogas flares are a commonality in wastewater treatment, the flares themself can be a bit of an eyesore to onlookers who do not quite understand why the process must take place. While open flares produce a highly visible, open flame for everyone to see, enclosed flare systems keep the flames concealed inside of an interior burning chamber. The only things most people see are waves of heat as the methane gas is burned up in the atmosphere, and that is only if they are close enough to the flares for visibility. Most enclosed flares have a nice, stainless steel burning chamber that looks more like an erected pipe than anything else.
Enclosed flares can be outfitted with various system functions and upgrades.
Enclosed systems are protected from the elements, whether it is the wind or precipitation, which means they are easier outfitted with other systems and upgrades that can be beneficial to the biogas-burning process. For instance, an enclosed biogas flare system can be outfitted with an integrated ignition system, an electronic burner management system, or other embellishments. It is difficult to add these extras to open systems because they do not stand up to wind, sun, and rain exposure.
Enclosed flares offer stability of flames even in high winds.
One of the bigger concerns with open-flare systems is the wind. You can't control the wind very well, so you must be able to protect the burning flame of the flare from the wind. Enclosed systems have a specific build so the flame still gets adequate oxygen flow but does not encounter wind that would affect the burn. This function allows for stable burning regardless of wind patterns in the area.
To learn more, contact a resource that offers enclosed biogas flares.