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NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                    MARCH 2013 

Huge Variable in Fabric Filter Market Depending on Power Regulations in U.S. and China

The market for fabric filter systems is now predicted at less than $9 billion in 2016 and 2017. However, if tough particulate regulations were to be enforced in the power industry, the market would rise to as much as $15 billion per year. This is the conclusion reached in World Fabric Filter and Element Market published by the McIlvaine Company.

Fabric Filter System Revenues ($ Millions)

World Region

2016

2017

Africa

 214  

 222  

CIS

 263  

 273  

East Asia

 4,014  

 4,301  

Eastern Europe

 183  

 184  

Middle East

 266  

 276  

NAFTA

 1,673  

 1,633  

South & Central America

 469  

 482  

West Asia

 635  

 771  

Western Europe

 805  

 817  

Total

8,522

8,959

China is now in the process of evaluating the ability of existing precipitators to meet the particulate reduction goals. The tentative conclusion is that widespread investment in fabric filters may be the only option.   If every power plant in China were to switch from precipitators to fabric filters, the cost would be over $50 billion.

The new power plant air toxic rule in the U.S. (MATS) has been weakened to define particulate as just discrete particles and to eliminate the inclusion of condensibles. This revision will allow utilities to meet the rules with existing precipitators. However, the rule does require continuous measurement of particulate mass instead of just opacity. This means that the weight during excursions will be included in the totals. Many believe that the existing precipitators will prove inadequate when subjected to continuous mass measurement. Less than 15 percent of U.S. coal-fired capacity is fitted with fabric filters. If the remaining capacity were forced to install fabric filters, the capital investment would be in excess of $30 billion.

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