NEWS RELEASE                                   MARCH 2012

Multi Billion Dollar Market for Air Pollution Monitoring and Sampling

The market for stack continuous emissions monitors (CEMS) will be just under $1 billion this year. Ambient continuous emissions monitoring plus stack testing will add another $1.5 billion, bringing the total to $2.5 billion in 2012. This is the latest forecast in Air Pollution Monitoring & Sampling World Markets, an online publication of the McIlvaine Company.

CEMS Revenues
($ Millions)

Africa 23
CIS 19
East Asia 402
Eastern Europe 36
Middle East 79
NAFTA  249
South & Central America 37
West Asia 36
Western Europe 112
Total  993

East Asia will be the biggest market for stack CEMS. The reason is the large number of new coal-fired boilers, cement plants, incinerators and other industrial plants which are under construction. This region will also account for the majority of the new ambient monitoring systems. Many developing countries are prioritizing investments to measure the levels of air pollution.

The U.S. market is being boosted by new air toxic regulations affecting utility coal-fired boilers, cement plants and industrial boilers.  Dedicated CEMS will be required to measure hydrogen chloride, mass particulate and mercury.  An alternative to measuring total particulate will be the measurement of a number of individual toxic metals.  A commercial option to accomplish this has just been introduced by Pall.

The stack testing market is still centered in the developing countries. The investment in periodic calibration of CEMS systems is growing substantially as new CEM types are incorporated. Testing for mercury is a complex task. The result is that only a few companies are able to offer this service.

There is a rapidly growing market at the interface between emission and process monitoring.  The stringency of regulations dictate that the processes operate within the emission limits. The CEMS become a critical tool in adjusting operations to insure compliance. Equally important are the use of CEMS to optimize the expenditures for chemicals.  Expensive sorbents such as activated carbon and other chemicals such as ammonia need to be injected. CEMS at the inlet and outlet of air pollution control equipment can be used to fine tune the chemical additions and save considerable costs for excess chemicals.

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