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    VOCs Fugitive emissions detection

    An oil refinery or petroleum refinery is an industrial process plant where crude oil is processed and refined into more useful petroleum products, such as naphtha, gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt base, heating oil, kerosene, etc,. Oil refineries are typically large, sprawling industrial complexes with extensive piping running throughout, carrying streams of fluids between large chemical processing units. The refining process releases a number of different chemicals into the atmosphere mostly Hydrocarbons which cause severe health and safety hazards. Opgal`s EyeCGas Thermal Imager can detect the leaking gases from a distance and help reducing the threats

    By Opgal Optronic Industries Ltd. based in Karmiel, ISRAEL.

  • Marine emissions monitoring

    In recent years, new regulations have been introduced governing emissions from ships. With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopting Annex VI of MARPOL designed to limit sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrous oxides (NOx) and particulate matter emissions, as well as introducing emission control areas (ECAs) to reduce emissions of those air pollutants further in designated sea areas, ship owners/operators can face hefty fines for failing to meet these new requirements on the “polluter pays” principle.

    By DynOptic Systems Ltd based in Brackley, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Measurement solution for HF emissions from brickworks

    Brick kilns, as well as other plants such as ceramics manufacturers and fertiliser producers, are a major producer of hydrogen fluoride (HF) emissions. HF is highly reactive gas and seriously damaging to human health, so has strict emissions limits imposed by legislation. In addition to the effects to humans, emissions have been found to damage crops and fruit trees, as well as the general environment. The brick industry strives to reduce the amount of HF emissions and numerous projects have been carried out into the research and development of proposed process modifications that introduce ways to reduce hydrogen fluoride emissions via the latest technology such as filters and scrubbers.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Measurement solution for Perflurocarbon (PFC) emissions from aluminium industry

    The aluminium industry is the major source of perflurocarbon (PFC) emissions to the atmosphere, which are a major contributor to global warming. PFCs have greenhouse gas effects up to 10000 times that of CO2. Emissions have been reduced over the last 20 years, but further reductions are harder to achieve as all the mechanisms for PFC production are not known. In order to better understand the production of PFC on an industrial level, laboratory studies have been carried out using a small scale cell.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Air monitoring equipments for material emissions and product testing

    A wide variety of products that are used in our indoor environments may emit harmful substances, raising health and safety concerns in homes, offices, public places and vehicles. There is increasing demand to reduce VOC emissions from indoor sources, backed by European legislation. REACH regulation is a European initiative for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical Substances. It was implemented to protect human health and the environment from harmful emissions of chemicals into the air we breathe. The REACH regulation places the responsibility on manufacturers and importers to test their products and provide safety information to the purchaser, end user or consumers.

    By Gradko International Ltd based in Winchester, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Emission control & air dedusting for fuel oil boilers

    For PM emission control in high temperature exhaust streams, such as fuel oil boilers, usual dedusters such as bag filters are very maintenance demanding. Particularly, diesel and fuel particulates are very sticky and clog to filter elements, unless protection reagents are used. Flue gas cooling is also needed in front of the filter when temperatures are higher than 200 ºC. On the other hand, regular cyclones and multicyclones are frequently not able to reduce emissions to present emission limits.

    By Advanced Cyclone Systems, S. A. based in Porto, PORTUGAL.

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    Air pollution control for the paint and paint spray industry

    In addition to tightened government regulations, paint manufacturers and paint booth owners face several unique challenges when controlling their emissions. These challenges include airflow reduction, fugitive emissions, particulate control and reducing operating costs.

    By Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc. based in Milwaukee, WISCONSIN (USA).

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    Measurement solution for on-line carbon bed system

    Commonly, activated carbon beds are used as abatement systems on plant, with emissions being reduced by adsorption onto the bed. The efficiency of any abatement system is critical to its operation, not just in ensuring emissions are reduced as much as possible, but an efficient bed has cost savings for the operator.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Measurement solution for CFC analyser

    CFCs are used in the manufacture of insecticides and herbicides and the environmental impact of their use must be well controlled. The treatment of CFC emissions to reduce the emissions in the intermediary steps of production needs to be monitored with 100% efficiency. Protea’s portable CFC analysers and continuous CFC monitoring systems can be configured with various sample inlets and analytical modelling to enable multi-samples to be measured on the one system. This means that both inlet and outlet to abatement systems can be monitored using the one analyser.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Methane gas leak detection

    Methane emissions from oil and natural gas systems is primarily the result of normal operations or system disruptions. These hazardous emissions can be cost-effectively reduced by upgrading technologies or equipment, and by improving operations. However, in order to do so, one must be able to detect and identify the existence of a fugitive gas leak. Opgal`s EyeC Gas Thermal Imager for gas leak detection, is one of the most advanced cameras used to detect leaks. Thus, it becomes a required tool in mitigating and reducing fugitive emissions of methane gas.

    By Opgal Optronic Industries Ltd. based in Karmiel, ISRAEL.

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    Measurement solution for to multi-stream by-pass system

    A large pharmaceutical plant runs a Thermal Oxidiser on plant to incinerate their solvent-containing gas streams before emission. When the oxidiser is offline, then the plant must monitor the release of solvent to the atmosphere. A ProtIR 204C fixed monitoring system was installed that continually measures 24 plant solvents, including Acetone, Cyclohexane, DCM, DMF, IPA, MIBK, Toluene and THF. Given the high levels that are possible, the system has an active dilution system, reducing the concentration of the measured gas in the analyser to levels that can be analysed simply. Chemometric modelling enables interferences from the overlapping absorption spectra to be accounted for, ensuring accurate analysis of all 24 gases.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Measurement solution for soil chamber gas flux

    Closed chamber gas flux measurements can be made with Protea FTIR analysers to allow researchers in the field of atmospheric gas analysis from agricultural and livestock to measure evolved gases such as N2O, CO2, CO, NH3, and CH4. Nitrous oxide (N2O) and Methane (CH4) emissions from soil, plant and livestock are especially important gases to measure, given their high potential as greenhouse gases (GHGs). NH3, whilst not a greenhouse gas on the scale of N2O, CH4 and CO2, is a major emission from agricultural, such as after the spreading of liquid manure, and steps are required to measure and reduce the NH3 emissions and the effects they have on the ecosystem.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Air pollution control for the coating industry

    Whether you are flow coating miniblinds, magnetic tape, aluminum cans, coils, wire or paper, Anguil`s 35 years of pollution control experience has provided unique insight into the wide variety of applications in the coating industry. Anguil`s experience leads directly to savings for our customers. Determining your solution begins by quantifying the problem with a thorough assessment of your emissions. Utilizing proven principles of design engineering, your system will evolve to incorporate air volume reduction strategies to reduce system size, meaning a reduction in both capital and operating costs. This can be achieved by recirculating the air in drying ovens or by cascading areas of lower VOC concentration to areas of higher VOC concentration.

    By Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc. based in Milwaukee, WISCONSIN (USA).

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    Ethanol and Biofuels

    Controlling the VOCs and CO emissions produced in the feed dryers (wet and dry milling), coupled with the particulate matter being introduced and the need for the reduction of NOx are just the start of having a successful abatement solution. The challenges of smooth pressure control that reduces dryer fluctuations and plug resistant media that lessen the frequency of bake-outs are also part of a successful abatement system and we have the solutions. Our engineered oxidation systems provide reliable performance with minimal maintenance requirements. Externally accessible valve bearings and other critical components are kept out of the corrosive moisture-laden streams extending the life of the equipment and facilitate maintenance intervals. Our simple oxidizer designs control your emissions with minimal facility intervention and allow us to provide you with reliable and dependable equipment.

    By Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC based in De Pere, WISCONSIN (USA).

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    Measurement solution for CO2 capture by amine absorption

    The act of capturing and storing CO2 produced from large scale combustion plants such as power stations is becoming more and more favourable and feasible. One of the most common post-combustion CO2 capture methods is by absorption. The absorption plant can be added on to the existing combustion process, with the flue gas first passing through an absorption column where the CO2 reacts with an absorber. Amines of different types are used as the absorber. An amine CO2 capture plant can capture as much as 90% of the CO2 emitted from the power station and so has a real benefit for the environment. Having said this, care needs to be taken to ensure that amine emissions themselves are monitored, managed and prove no extra damage to the environment. Research is on-going to develop new amines or mixtures of amines to reduce emissions. The most common absorber in use in today’s first generation of industrial pilot plants is Monoethanolamine (MEA).

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Gas monitoring instruments and systems for semiconductor manufacturing

    In the semiconductor manufacturing industry, various perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are used. The emissions of the PFC compounds into the ambient air are reduced by scrubbing of the exhaust gases from the process. In this process, the Gasmet™ FTIR Gas Analyzers can be used to measure the emissions into the atmosphere and also monitor the efficiency of the scrubbers. Typically monitored PFCs in the exhaust gas include carbon tetrafluoride CF4, trifluoromethane CHF3, and hexafluoroethane C2F6.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Air sampling & monitoring systems for energy/utilities industry

    Finding efficient ways to generate, deliver and consume energy resources while reducing pollution is an ongoing quest for the Energy & Utility Industries. HI-Q has developed instrumentation geared toward monitoring emissions and the dispersal of pollutants from power plants and industrial facilities. HI-Q base-line & stack sampling equipment has been used in studies to identify and track the spread of pollutants around the globe.

    By HI-Q Environmental Products Company based in San Diego, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) applications

    Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is an emerging method of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of power plants. In a process called ‘scrubbing’, the carbon dioxide emissions can be absorbed into chemical solvents consisting of amines or carbonates. Scrubbing is a well-established method of carbon capture, with virtually every commercial CO2 capture plant in operation using this process. In the process, the first step is the removal of impurities from the flue gas, such as hydrocarbons and oxides of both nitrogen and sulfur (NOx and SOx). Next the purified gas is passed through an absorption column filled with the chemical scrubbing solvent. The solvent reacts with the carbon dioxide and selectively absorbs it from the gas stream. When CO2-rich solvent is heated, the carbon dioxide is released as a nearly pure gas.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Gas monitoring instruments and systems for nitric acid process

    Modern production method of nitric acid production may lead to generation of several different gaseous emission components, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), ammonia NH3 and nitrous oxide N2O. Nitrogen monoxide is an intermediate gaseous product in manufacturing of nitric acid HNO3. NO is formed in a catalytic reaction between ammonia and molecular oxygen O2. But undesirable side reactions may result in formation of nitrogen dioxide NO2 and nitrous oxide N2O. The NO and NO2 emissions can be reduced by use of Selective Catalytic Reduction unit (SCR), which deploys ammonia gas NH3 to limit emissions of NO and NO2. A modern nitric acid plant needs to monitor the emissions of these gases.

    By Gasmet Technologies Oy based in Helsinki, FINLAND.

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    Air cleaning system for the retail

    Of the almost 5 million commercial buildings in the U.S., retail buildings account for the largest energy bills and are responsible for the second largest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA.  There are a growing number of retail companies that are embracing the principles of sustainability, taking actions that are tangible, measurable and meaningful in reducing the use of scarce resources and improving the efficiency of their businesses.  For a large company, this can add up to millions of dollars in annual savings.

    By Dynamic Air Quality Solutions based in Princeton, NEW JERSEY (USA).

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