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AGES is Advanced Thermal Desorption

Advancing Thermal Desorption

AGES technology differs from previous technologies. We have proven the design and patented the technology to ensure our equipment will be an unprecedented upgrade from any previous attempts to commercialize Thermal Remediation Technology. AGES Thermal Processing Corporation has constructed and demonstrated the most effecient thermal reclamation technology available.  Our results show that we can recover 99+% of hydrocarbon contamination.

 With sophisticated design/operating protocols, this technology will be operated under an inert nitrogen blanket system to vaporize valuable hydrocarbon streams, while not allowing those hydrocarbons to become oxidized or incinerated in atmosphere.

The AGES Thermal Remediation System incorporates sophisticated Process Control Protocol and PLC Programming using an array of instrumentation that monitors and controls a precise operating condition, to maximize the valuable hydrocarbon recovery from a variety of industry waste streams.

The AGES Advantage

Designed to be the technology of choice

  • Offers recovery of saleable by-products

  • Flexible in waste types to be treated

  • Transportable by way of compact design

  • Energy efficient through thermal energy recovery

  • Ease of operability through simple control strategy

  • Environmental hazards and liability are mitigated

  • Low operation/maintenance costs with built-in efficiency, performance and reliability

History of Thermal Desorption

Industry experiments with Thermal Desorption Technology began in 1985 on a site in Maine and only about 60 subsequent experiments occurred by the year 2000; with only used a fraction of the tests occurring in Canada during that time frame. Thermal Desorption Technology gained little momentum after 2000 and was predominantly based on incineration with some minimal stabilization. More recently, other players have tried and failed to provide a commercially viable solution. 


Thermal rotary kiln processes, which masquerade as thermal desorption are inefficient in recovery. They recover only a fraction of low grade slop oil, requiring further processing to be usable. They have been unable to achieve the hydrocarbon recapture success produced by AGES technology  

Thermal Desorption vs. Incineration

Thermal Desorption uses heat to separate contaminants, elements, etc from the soil through distillation. Incineration uses heat to destroy these contaminants along with any other valuable commodities within the feed stock. Most current thermal technologies are incineration-based and simply burn off any hydrocarbon content in the waste matter. An incineration process has a number of serious drawbacks that include but are not limited to:

  • Failure to recover a  valuable commodity

  • Production of greenhouse gas emissions

  • Resultant biologically dead soil product (often requiring disposal


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