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High capacity sorbents and optimization of existing pollution control technologies for mercury capture in industrial combustion systems

Objective

This proposal addresses the global problem of mercury (Hg) emissions from coal-fired plants and the current position of conventional air pollution control devices (APCDs) only providing partial solution for oxidized Hg capture, particularly for low-rank coals.

Our previous work has shown that (1) low-cost gasification chars have superior mercury capture performance than current benchmark carbons; and (2) manganese oxide compounds sorbs mercury and also act as catalysts to promote mercury oxidation, that can then be subsequently captured in existing APCDs.

Accordingly, the two-fold objective is to further develop low-cost injection sorbents, and maximize mercury oxidation and its subsequent capture in existing APCDs. Fundamental studies will be followed by extensive testing in pilot and full scale systems to evaluate the performance of the developed materials under actual plant conditions.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Address

University Park
Nottingham

United Kingdom

Participants (7)

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CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS

Spain

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

ENEL PRODUZIONE SPA

Italy

ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE NETHERLANDS

Netherlands

HULLERAS DEL NORTE SA - HUNOSA

Spain

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: RFCR-CT-2007-00007

  • Start date

    1 October 2007

  • End date

    30 September 2016

Funded under:

ECSC-COAL-STEEL-RTD C

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 479 480

  • EU contribution

    € 1 487 687

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom