AIR POLLUTION CONTROL

Continuum of services related to air pollution control, based on extensive experience in all aspects of design, application, construction, and operation.

Design

Evaluation of air pollution control systems to determine performance and reliability.

 

  • This is based on a thorough understanding of the mechanisms of pollution control (e.g. inertial impaction, thermal oxidation, chemical reaction). We verify that the design in question has correctly applied these mechanisms and included appropriate margins to account for non-ideality and long-term degradation. In addition, experience with ancillary systems such as fans, burners, heat exchangers, materials of construction, and controls, enables evaluation of these critical supporting systems.

  • This is tailored to the specific needs of the client. It may be of interest to purchasers of air pollution control systems to ensure that the system proposed by manufacturers is appropriate for the process. This analysis may also be of interest to manufacturers of air pollution control systems as a cross-check for new designs to provide confidence in performance claims.

  • This analysis can confirm pollutant removal capability, utility consumption, reagent consumption, by-product generation, and availability.  

 

Application

Evaluation of emission sources to determine the specific type of air pollution control system needed to reliably satisfy regulatory requirements.

 

  • This type of analysis typically considers, feasibility, regulatory requirements, capital cost, operating cost, and risk. Other factors that can be considered are market availability (for emergent technologies), long term operational impacts, reliability, tie-in requirements (shut-down time for existing processes), technology maturity, etc.

  • This analysis typically results in recommendations for the type, sub-type (where applicable), reagent, and sizing criteria for the system. 

Specification

Development of a specification for procurement of air pollution control systems.

 

  • This specification will clearly delineate sizing, process parameters, performance requirements, design standards, margin allowances, and delivery/installation in order to enable apples-to-apples comparison of bids from different suppliers. 

  • It will also promote minimal operational impacts to the emission source through a clear understand of the source requirements and interface with the air pollution control system.

  • This can be a critical step to maximizing value from pollution control investments. Based on decades of experience in this market, this specification will be tailored to the size and scope of the equipment in question as well as the sophistication of the suppliers involved. 

 

Start-up

Perform and document the field start-up and commissioning process for air pollution control systems including:

  • Development of start-up plans.

  • Verification of proper installation.

  • Component / subsystem operational testing.

  • System operational testing and tuning.

  • Baseline testing including airflow, temperature, pressure, etc.

  • Complete documentation.

Procurement

Perform and document the procurement process for air pollution control systems to solicit, obtain, and evaluate vendor bids.

  • This includes development of a bid list that includes leading vendors, vendor qualification, soliciting proposals, evaluation of proposals, and selection of the proposal that best meets client needs.

 

Failure Analysis

Evaluation of failed pollution control systems and equipment to assess the root cause of the failure and assist in determination of possible remedial action.

 

  • This type of analysis involves a systematic evaluation of potential root causes to determine which cause or causes led to the failure in question. Potential root causes can include, system design, misapplication, improper operation, corrosion, erosion, etc.