Fuel Tech Awarded Air Pollution Control Orders Totaling $8.3 Million
By Business Wire News
Fuel Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ:FTEK), a world leader in advanced engineering solutions for the optimization of combustion systems and emissions control in utility and industrial applications, today announced the receipt of multiple air pollution control (APC) contracts from customers in Europe and China. These awards have an aggregate value of approximately $8.3 million.
In the UK, a commercial contract for Fuel Tech’s Advanced NOxOUT® Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (ASNCR) technology was received for multiple large coal-fired units burning both coal and biomass. Fuel Tech received this contract following the demonstration of our new ASNCR technology last year at this same plant location. The ASNCR system utilizes proprietary state-of-the-art injectors and injection controls in combination with advanced temperature measurement techniques to provide nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction efficiency well beyond conventional SNCR in difficult furnace environments. Equipment delivery is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2015. In addition, an order was received for SNCR technology for a refinery unit in Italy with delivery scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.
Fuel Tech’s ASNCR solution targets utility and industrial unit owners faced with the challenge of having to meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, and further enhances our portfolio of cost-effective environmental solutions. As an example, on units burning municipal solid waste, ASNCR has achieved NOx reduction levels of approximately 80%, which is a significant improvement over conventional SNCR systems where NOx reduction can range from 50 to 70%. Moreover, at the original NOx outlet level, the ASNCR system reduced reagent consumption by 20%. Through the utilization of advanced control and injection systems in conjunction with more accurate boiler data, ASNCR optimizes urea injection to improve NOx reduction performance and minimize reagent costs.
In China, two orders were received for multiple ULTRA™ systems that will be installed on utility and industrial coal-fired units being retrofitted with NOx reduction technology. Fuel Tech’s ULTRA process provides for the safe and cost-effective on-site conversion of urea to ammonia for use as a reagent in the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx, eliminating the hazards associated with the transport, storage and handling of anhydrous or aqueous ammonia. Equipment deliveries are expected to occur in the third quarter of 2015.
Vincent J. Arnone, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited about our commercial contract utilizing our new ASNCR technology, which was developed through our internal New Product Development initiative. We believe that all combustion units in a variety of market segments could potentially benefit from this next generation of our SNCR technology. ASNCR could also be applied to our existing large installed base of SNCR customers through system upgrades to provide additional NOx reduction or lower reagent operating costs. These contracts in the UK and Italy are a testament to our belief in the growth of the European market for our products and services as impacted nations within the European Union commence their compliance with the Industrial Emissions Directive, which requires implementation dates in 2016.”
Mr. Arnone continued, “Our ULTRA technology simplifies on-site ammonia generation for SCR applications of all types. We are pleased to see that our air pollution control product line continues to play a role in assisting China in its endeavor to reduce harmful air pollutants.”
About Fuel Tech
Fuel Tech is a leading technology company engaged in the worldwide development, commercialization and application of state-of-the-art proprietary technologies for air pollution control, process optimization, and advanced engineering services. These technologies enable customers to produce both energy and processed materials in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner.
The Company’s nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction technologies include advanced combustion modification techniques – such as Low NOx Burners and Over-Fire Air systems – and post-combustion NOx control approaches, including NOxOUT® and HERT™ SNCR systems, ASCR™ Advanced Selective Catalytic Reduction systems, NOxOUT-SCR®, NOxOUT CASCADE®, and I-NOx™ Integrated NOx Reduction Systems, which utilize various combinations of these systems, along with the ULTRA™ process for safe ammonia generation. These technologies have established Fuel Tech as a leader in NOx reduction, with installations on over 900 units worldwide, where coal, fuel oil, natural gas, municipal waste, biomass and other fuels are utilized.
Fuel Tech’s technologies for particulate control include Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) products and services include ESP Inspection Services, Performance Modeling, Performance and Efficiency Upgrades, along with complete turnkey capability for ESP retrofits, with more than 60 major rebuilds on units up to 700 MW. Flue gas conditioning (FGC) systems include treatment using sulfur trioxide (SO3) and ammonia (NH3) based conditioning to improve the performance of ESPs by modifying the properties of the fly ash particle. FGC systems offer a lower capital cost approach to improving ash particulate capture versus the alternative of installing larger ESPs or utilizing fabric filter technology to meet targeted emissions and opacity limits. Fuel Tech’s particulate control technologies have been installed on more than 125 units worldwide.
The Company’s FUEL CHEM® technology revolves around the unique application of chemicals to improve the efficiency, reliability, fuel flexibility and environmental status of combustion units by controlling slagging, fouling, corrosion, opacity and operational issues associated with sulfur trioxide, ammonium bisulfate, particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon dioxide and NOx. The Company has experience with this technology, in the form of a customizable FUEL CHEM program, on over 110 combustion units burning a wide variety of fuels including coal, heavy oil, biomass, and municipal waste.
Fuel Tech also provides a range of combustion optimization services, including airflow testing, coal flow testing and boiler tuning, as well as services to help optimize selective catalytic reduction system performance, including catalyst management services and ammonia injection grid tuning. In addition, flow corrective devices and physical and computational modeling services are available to optimize flue gas distribution and mixing in both power plant and industrial applications.
Many of Fuel Tech’s products and services rely heavily on the Company’s exceptional Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling capabilities, which are enhanced by internally developed, high-end visualization software. These capabilities, coupled with the Company’s innovative technologies and multi-disciplined team approach, enable Fuel Tech to provide practical solutions to some of our customers’ most challenging problems. For more information, visit Fuel Tech’s web site at www.ftek.com.
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