When it comes to the environment, too many individuals and world leaders have a defeatist attitude. Protecting the environment is such a huge undertaking that many of us get intimidated before we even start. One of the rare silver linings of the coronavirus is that it taught us change is possible, and it is possible in just a few short weeks.
As of May 2020, global emissions dropped a shocking 17%, according to NBC News. That stark decrease can be attributed to stay-at-home orders around the world. While it may not be practical to have these orders in place for years at a time, it is possible for each industry to do its part and significantly reduce their carbon footprint that way.
For example, the industrial sector can use liner products to prevent environmental hazards. Here are the ways industrial tank liners can make a big difference.
Providing An Extra Layer Of Protection
In the industrial sector, the vast majority of tanks are made out of concrete and metal. These materials are far from impermeable. In fact, they are susceptible to infiltration, corrosion, and structural damage over time. That is where tank liner products come in.
Water tank liners address the weak points of metal and concrete. Metal is susceptible to rusting, which — left unchecked — can ultimately damage the overall structure. Similarly, concrete is a porous material. Without a liner, it may absorb water or chemicals. Liner products, like water tank liners and chemical liners, make up for these shortcomings and add an impermeable, protective layer to industrial tanks.
Plus, tank liners protect water and chemicals from harsh rays of sunlight that may otherwise result in overheating. Liners also separate chemicals from the outer barrier of the tank. That is important as chemicals can be abrasive and corrode metal and concrete, leaving behind particles and residue that can compromise the integrity of the original substance or chemical.
Extending The Life Of A Given Tank
Tanks have an impressive shelf life. The average water tank lasts over 100 years. Steel tanks can last as many as 150 years! Because liners prevent weather-related wear, chemical wear (if applicable), and hazards like spills and leaks, they also extend the average life of a tank.
In many industries, these liners must be inspected at least once every three years. These inspections ensure the integrity, sturdiness, and snugness of liner products. This reaffirms that the liners are doing what they are intended to do, and are, in fact, increasing the life of industrial tanks.
Recover And Safely Store Gases Like Helium And Nitrogen
Another possible application of liner products is recovering and storing gases like helium and nitrogen. Flexible liners act as membranes that trap gases inside, contain it, and store them for recycling or later use. Many come with safety features, such as a safety valve, to help relieve pressure and ensure gases remain stable and at optimal conditions.
Each industry is more than capable of doing its part to protect the environment. In the industrial sector, large and small companies alike can use tank liners to prevent environmental hazards and safely stow gases for recycling, ultimately reducing their carbon footprint.