Power Air Quality Insights  
No. 148   March 13, 2014





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·        Continuing Analysis of Dry Scrubbers is the First of Many

·        Continuing Analysis of Gas Turbine Air Treatment is One of Many on GTCC

·        U.S. Stationary Source Catalyst Sales Will Exceed $300 Million In 2014

·        Renewable Energy Briefs     

·        Headlines for the March 7, 2014 - Utility E-Alert

·        “China Air Pollution Control Outlook” is the “Hot Topic Hour” for March 20

·        McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration


Continuing Analysis of Dry Scrubbers Is the First of Many

McIlvaine is taking steps to provide comprehensive air pollution control knowledge to power plants and other emitters.  Separate websites will be set up for major subjects.  The first such site is:

Dry Scrubbing - Continuous Analysis


Here are the features incorporated:

·         Free access to the background information for everyone. The goal is to have the most comprehensive and well organized intelligence system. Decisive classification of terms is just one of the many aspects.  For example, we are broadly segmenting chamber and in-duct scrubbing. So DSI would be in the in-duct category, but SDA and CFB would be in the chamber category.  

·         Continuing Analyses (available free to owner/operators and subscribers)

·         Application Audits

·         Webinars:

On March 27th we will be comparing SDA, CFB and other CDS designs including NID and GSA. We will be reviewing every aspect in which the designs differ and discuss the merits of these differences.  Webinar registrants will have access to the information posted in the intelligence system.

The format will be a series of questions which are first addressed by the panelists and then the other participants.  We have panelists who are third party experts on dry scrubbers. They are:

To register for the webinar, click on: http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=675


Continuing Analysis of Gas Turbine Air Treatment is One of Many on GTCC

McIlvaine has a whole new website focused just on gas turbine air treatment.  It is one of many which will be created for various aspects of gas turbine and combined cycle design and operation.  Access to the background information on the site is free and can be viewed at:


Features of the site are:

·         Comprehensive intelligence system with extensive background information and decisive classification of options.  McIlvaine invites contributions in English and Chinese.

·         Continuous analyses of various products split into cooling and filtration.  In the filter segment, there will be separate analysis of fibers, media, filter shapes as they apply to the different physical requirements.

·         Application Audits.  (Third part analysis of the supplier claims for lower life cycle cost)

·         Webinars:

May 15, 2014

Gas Intake Filters: HEPA or Medium Efficiency

More information

The background information, the continuing analyses and the webinars are free-of-charge to gas turbine owner/operators. Suppliers can participate through a subscription to:

59EI Gas Turbine and Combined Cycle Supplier Program


U.S. Stationary Source Catalyst Sales Will Exceed $300 Million In 2014

Sales of catalyst to reduce NOx in coal-fired boilers, gas turbines, waste incinerators and other stationary applications in the U.S. will exceed $300 million this year.  This is the updated forecast in NOx Control World Markets published by the McIlvaine Company. (www.mcilvainecompany.com)

Here are some of the factors impacting the market:

·         New catalyst still outpaces regenerated catalyst by a significant margin.

·         Coal-fired power generation comprises close to 90 percent of the total market.

·         The market for SCR catalyst for coal-fired units in the U.S. will level off over the next five years.

·         The market for gas turbine SCR will continue to climb, but will remain a small fraction of the total for coal-fired power plants until after 2020.

·         Coal SCR catalyst sales will remain at a high level through 2040 due to the replacement market and age of the plant base.

·         The catalyst replacement investment per unit of capacity for gas turbines is less than 10 percent of the similar investment in a coal-fired power plant.

·         The revenue per cubic meter will continue to grow as more power plants opt for catalysts which will oxidize mercury and minimize SO3 formation at the same time they remove NOx.

·         There is a substantial threat to conventional catalyst suppliers from those supplying catalytic filters which remove dust as well as NOx.

·         The U.S. has already fallen from its leading position due to the larger purchases of catalyst in China.

·         The market for regenerated catalyst will continue to grow faster than the market for new catalyst.

·         Exports and imports of catalyst to and from the U.S. will comprise a substantial amount of the total activity.

·         The top five catalyst suppliers will capture more than 90 percent of the market.

·         The Hitachi merger with Mitsubishi creates further consolidation among catalyst suppliers.

·         There are opportunities for less costly more reliable catalyst to handle the 1000oF temperatures for SCR used in peaking units.

For more information on NOx Control World Markets, click on: http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/markets/2-uncategorised/104-n035


Renewable Energy Briefs

Community Energy’s 120 MW Comanche Solar Project Provides Bulk of Solar Power in Approved Xcel Energy Resource Plan

Community Energy announced that its Comanche Solar project will supply 120 megawatts of solar generation to Xcel Energy comprising the largest part of a 170 megawatt portfolio of solar generation approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in December, 2013.

Upon completion, the Comanche Solar project would be the largest solar generating facility in Colorado, the largest east of the Rocky Mountains, and one of the largest in the U.S. When it’s placed in service, the project also has the potential to more than double Xcel Energy’s current 87 MW of purchases from large central station solar plants.

The Comanche Solar project will ultimately be comprised of more than 450,000 mono-crystalline PB modules utilizing a single-axis tracking technology. The tracking technology will follow the sun as it rises in the east and sets in the west, producing power during Xcel Energy’s peak demand periods and generally providing a nice match to daily summer air conditioning loads. In total, the project will generate enough power or more than 31, 000 homes in its first year. Over the course of the project’s 25 year life, it will produce more than 6 billion kilowatt hours of clean solar energy.

GE Energy Financial Services Makes First Equity Investment in Wind Power in Ireland

GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE, announced it has made its first equity investment in Ireland's wind power market by acquiring two wind farm construction projects that will be powered by the GE's flagship 2.85 MW wind turbines. With a combined capacity of 51 megawatts, the wind farms, acquired from Element Power and now under construction, will help Ireland meet its renewable energy generation targets, produce power for thousands of homes, and reduce electricity costs for Irish consumers.

Element Power is managing construction of the projects and will provide operational management services following completion of the farms, which will use GE's 2.85-megawatt turbines with 103m rotors. The 17-megawatt Acres wind farm is near Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, 210 kilometers northwest of Dublin. Construction completion of Acres is scheduled in the first quarter of 2015. The 34-megawatt Barranafaddock wind farm is near Ballyduff, Co. Waterford, 230 kilometers southwest of Dublin. Construction of Barranafaddock is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2015. The wind farms are expected to make a significant contribution to local economies through the payment of rent to local landowners and rates to local county councils over expected minimum 25 year life of the project. The civils and electrical works have been awarded to Irish contractors, Moriarty Civil Engineering and Kirby Group respectively.

The Acres and Barranafaddock wind farms will help Ireland meet its target of generating 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, more than double the percentage required by the European Union. In addition, the wind farms are expected to generate enough electrical energy to power more than 33,300 homes in Ireland.

Geopower Energy Acquires Interest in Major Utah Biogas Project

Geopower Energy Limited, an alternative energy developer, has closed a private debt facility of U.S. $5 million to acquire a joint venture interest in the Blue Mountain Biogas Project near Milford, UT.

The note was issued by Geopower Energy's wholly owned U.S. subsidiary and subscribed by accredited private investors. Investor demand exceeded the available subscriptions. Geopower used a portion of the capital to acquire the JV interest and will use the remainder of the funds as working capital for new project development.

The Blue Mountain Biogas Project captures methane from swine waste at Murphy-Brown LLC's Circle 4 Farm. Murphy-Brown is the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, a $13 billion global food company and the world's largest producer of pork. The methane released from the swine waste is cleaned, conditioned and burned to generate electricity. The electricity is then sold on the grid under a long-term, fixed rate off-take agreement to a Utah municipality. The carbon credits and renewable energy certificates are also sold under long-term, fixed rate agreements, thereby maximizing revenues from the project. The capacity of the project is 3.2 megawatts of renewable energy — enough to power 3,000 homes.


Duke Energy Renewables Acquires Two Solar Projects from Infigen Energy

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, announced its acquisition of two 20-megawatt (MW) AC California solar projects from renewable energy developer Infigen Energy.

The construction-ready Pumpjack and Wildwood Solar Power Projects, located in Kern County near Bakersfield, represent Duke Energy Renewables’ third and fourth utility-scale solar power projects in the state. Once the projects are complete, the company will own and operate more than 65 megawatts of solar power in California.

The solar energy generated from the two projects will be sold through 20-year power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison.

In 2013, Duke Energy Renewables built the 21-MW Highlander Solar Power Project in Twenty-nine Palms and acquired the 4.5-MW Sunset Reservoir project in San Francisco. Within the year, once Pumpjack and Wildwood reach commercial operation, the projects will push Duke Energy Renewables’ total U.S. installed solar capacity to 185 MW at 23 utility-scale facilities across the country.

EaglePicher Receives Contract from Erigo Technologies to Deliver a Flexible Microgrid Energy Storage system for DoD Applications

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, (EPT), an OM Group Inc. company and a leading producer of specialty batteries and energy storage solutions for the defense, aerospace, medical, commercial, and grid energy storage markets, announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Erigo Technologies LLC of Enfield, New Hampshire. Erigo’s contract, funded under the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund and awarded by the U.S. Corp of Engineers on behalf of the U.S. Northern Command, calls for delivery of an innovative system employing multiple battery types and sophisticated control systems to address the frequency, duty cycle, and storage needs of the conventional and renewable power sources that make up many DoD microgrids.

The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be based on EPT’s patented PowerPyramid™ hybrid energy storage system technology which, given the power sources and load characteristics of the microgrid environment, can be tailored to quickly and smoothly compensate for load imbalances and power source interruptions. The BESS will be delivered to the Government where it will undergo testing and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy System Integration Facility (ESIF), located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) in Golden, CO. At the completion of testing, NREL will assist USNORTHCOM in putting the system into service at a to-be-determined military base.

The team will deliver a three-tiered, 300 kW/386 kWh PowerPyramid™ grid-tied energy storage system capable of providing grid stabilization, microgrid support and on-command power response. This three-tiered hybrid battery system was selected as the best configuration to demonstrate the functionality of the hybrid PowerPyramid™ system. The three tiers of batteries included in the 386 kWh BESS system will be Li-Ion, lead-acid and nickel-iron to deliver an appropriate balance of rapidly available energy and total power. The system is designed to be modular so any number of additional tiers could be added to the system at a later date.

EPT’s patented PowerPyramid™ technology surpasses conventional storage techniques by leveraging complimentary benefits of diverse energy storage technologies. By integrating multiple diverse energy storage technologies into a single system, EaglePicher’s PowerPyramid™ can deliver the performance and cycle life of a high-cost energy storage technology at a significantly lower cost. The project team will leverage EaglePicher’s 70 years of experience in the energy storage business to provide a competitive, state-of-the-art solution to meet USNORTHCOM’s needs.

For more information on Renewable Energy Projects and Update please visit



Headlines for the March 7, 2014 – Utility E-Alert      



#1165 – March 7, 2014 

Table of Contents 


§  EPA taking Final Action to approve Revisions to the Oklahoma State Implementation Plan

§  Five More Duke Energy Plants cited for Violations

§  B&W sued by ARPA over alleged faulty Coal-fired Boiler

§  Construction begins on Rockaway Lateral and Northeast Connector expansions in NYC


§  Two More Thermal Power Projects planned in Karnataka, India

§  Eemshaven (Netherlands) Site for New 1600 MW Coal/Biomass Power Plant

§  ANC Dubai to set up Two 660 MW Coal-fired Power Plants at Gaddani

§  Novinda awarded Three Contracts to supply Amended Silicates HgX for the removal of Mercury from Ten Coal-fired Power Plants


§  Three New Gas Utility Projects planned for Ohio due to Natural Gas from Utica Shale

§  EPA awards Pollution Permit to Pio Pico Gas-fired Power Plant in San Diego, CA






§  GDF Suez sells 24.5 Percent Stake in Hungarian Dunamenti Gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Plant to MET Group

§  Tanzanian Energy Regulator Considering Two Bids for Power Plants

§  U.S. Coal upgrades will improve European Energy Security and Reduce Equivalent CO2 by Five Billion Tons/Yr

§  China will spend $34 Billion/Yr for Air Pollution Control


§  Upcoming Hot Topic Hours


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“China Air Pollution Control Outlook” is the “Hot Topic Hour” for March 20, 2014

Next Thursday at 10 a.m. (DST) there will be a review of the Chinese 12th five-year plan and changes to that plan since it was introduced a year ago.  The highly publicized smog problem, in recent months, is just one of the drivers for accelerated investment to reduce pollution.  Coal burning has now increased to 3.6 billion tons per year.  Consumption will increase as close to 50,000 MW of new generators are added each year.  Several weeks ago NOx reduction goals were increased. Already the plan calls for 400 MW of retrofit SCR plus SCR on new power plants.

As of last month, 15,000 power plants are required to start reporting emissions.  Is this going to be an effective tool for both increased investment and then increased performance from operating units?  There are many examples of poorly operated equipment.  There are also examples of power plants whose equipment is operated at the highest performance levels.

There is an indication that the government is moving to much greater mercury control than reflected in the new standards.  There are ambitious VOC controls as well.  Particulate is of even greater focus due to the ambient levels which are often fifteen times higher than the limit considered border line from a health standpoint.

The business climate continues to be a controversial subject.  Companies such as Thermo Fisher, which has its main air pollution control research center in China, see a healthy business environment.  Others are less enthusiastic.  There are several important questions.   How is the business climate changing?  What about competition from Chinese companies in the international market?  Can any air pollution company ignore the world’s largest market?

To register for the March 20 “Hot Topic Hour” on “China Air Pollution Control Outlook,” click on: http://home.mcilvainecompany.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=675


McIlvaine Hot Topic Hour Registration

On Thursday at 10 a.m. Central time, McIlvaine hosts a 90 minute web meeting on important energy and pollution control subjects. Power webinars are free for subscribers to either Power Plant Air Quality Decisions or Utility Tracking System. The cost is $300.00 for non-subscribers..

See below for information on upcoming Hot Topic Hours. We welcome your input relative to suggested additions.





March 20, 2014

China Air Pollution Control

World’s Largest Market

March 27, 2014

Analysis Of Dry Scrubber Options

Top notch third party expert panelists and lots of background info

April 10, 2014

Mercury Chemicals In Fuel, Flue Gas and Scrubbing Liquor

Important alternative to sorbents

April 17, 2014

Measurement Of Gas Turbine Emissions Including NH3

Six different options

May 1, 2014

850oF  Particulate Removal With Ceramic Filter Media

Could change the whole back end

May 8, 2014

Sorbent Traps vs. Mercury CEMS

Sorbent traps are competitive

May 15, 2014

Gas Intake Filters: HEPA or Medium Efficiency

More           information

May 29, 2014

Stellite Delamination in Power Plant Steam Valves

More           information

June 5, 2014

Dry vs. Wet Cooling

Surprising number of ACC’S. Why?

June 12, 2014

HRSG Issues (Fast Start, Tube Failures)

Lots of challenges to cycle 200 X/yr

June 26, 2014


$ billions  Needed

July/August 2014

Boiler Feedwater Treatment

 Condensate Polishing for Peaking Turbines

316 B Water Issues

Gas Turbine Permitting Issues

Give us your opinion about topics we should consider 


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