The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) reported in 2004 that electric power plants are the number one toxic air polluter in North America. The sector generated 45 percent of the 755,502 tons of toxic air releases in 2001, with hydrochloric and sulfuric acids being the chemicals most commonly released from the burning of coal and oil. Power plants also accounted for 64 percent (43,384 kg) of all mercury air emissions, mainly from coal combustion.
According to US government reports, in 2007 the electric power industry created 2.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide, 9 million tons of sulfur dioxide and 4 million tons of nitrogen oxides.
In 2005 there were 1216 US power plants with particulate collectors accounting for 355,599 megawatts of generated power. A common facility in power plants for particulate collection is known as a “baghouse”, which contains filter media. Our nCATfiber materials have potential to help the electric power industry reduce pollutants in their baghouse operations.
A letter to MemPro from a major US electric power utility stated, “We have an interest in the catalyzed ceramic nanofiber media that is being developed by MemPro Ceramics. This filter media has the potential to reduce NOx, particulate emissions and other pollutants from fossil-fired power plants, and to do so more effectively than existing control technologies. The improved effectiveness could enhance performance of our coal plants and may also be applicable to our oil/natural gas fired generation. There could also be broad applicability across the energy sector.”
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has expressed interest in catalyzed ceramic nanofibers as a new pollution reduction technology for the industry.
We are seeking a partner in the supply chain of pollution control products for the electric power industry.
Markets for nCATfiber technology include: