NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                MAY 2016

Total Solutions is the Best Path for International Air Pollution Control Equipment Suppliers

The number of regulated air pollutants, stringency of regulations and technology are all changing rapidly.  No one would have predicted that direct sorbent injection would be a success twenty years ago.  In the preceding decade, lots of research money had been spent in the U.S. on the assumption that 60 percent SO2 removal would be sufficient.  When the regulators ultimately opted for 90 percent efficiency, dry sorbent injection (DSI) was taken off the table.  Now, with new hydrated lime technology and the willingness of power plants to spend lots of money for sorbent to avoid capital investments, the outlook for DSI is very promising.

Today, plant owners must consider technologies that remove particulate, acid gases, mercury, CO, CO2, NOX and organics. Some technologies create new air and water pollutants which must also be addressed.

Various industries have unique challenges.  They also have many identical needs. Cement plants should pay attention to developments in the coal-fired power sector and vice versa.  McIlvaine just hosted a webinar which concluded that ionic liquid impregnated pellets designed for natural gas mercury removal could have wide applicability in power, waste-to-energy and other industries.

McIlvaine publishes a number of specific market reports and databases on each technology and industry.  It also publishes 5AB Air Pollution Managementto guide executives making strategic decisions for their companies. One of the recommendations is to be a “Solutions Provider” whether you are selling complete systems or just a component.

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Let’s take an example.  A typical valve controlling compressed air is a commodity product.  One application involves pulsing air to clean filter bags.  Pentair has become the world leader in this specialty niche by understanding the dust collection cleaning process and the variations needed for different industries.  Pentair supplies not only the valves but the headers and the controls to optimize the cleaning process.

W.L. Gore has developed a number of innovative solutions based on process and industry knowledge.  Most power plants have wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems. There are new rules to reduce mercury.  Wet FGD systems will remove most of this mercury with the right treatment chemicals.  The conventional solution to remove the remainder of the mercury is to use activated carbon upstream.  The problem is that any mercury removed by carbon reduces the amount captured in the scrubber.  W.L. Gore developed a module that can be installed after the scrubber and efficiently remove remaining mercury.

This technology fits particularly well into the processes employed at sewage sludge incinerators and power plants.  It is less attractive in some other industries.  The reasons have to do with the sub processes, processes and the specific industries. The air pollution control solutions provider who understands all these aspects is in a position to offer the product with the lowest total cost of ownership (LTCO).  This knowledge is the key to success in the international market.  In fact, owners and operators in developing countries are in greater need of these insights than those in developed countries.

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