A New Sorbent for Removal of Mercury from Flue Gas: A Lower Cost Alternative to Activated Carbon-REVISED

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84714
Agency Tracking Number: 82418
Amount: $99,894.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 21
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
400 Apgar Drive, Suite E, Somerset, NJ, 08873
DUNS: 042939277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mohit Jain
 (732) 868-3141
Business Contact
 Ganesh Skandan
Title: Dr
Phone: (732) 868-3141
Email: gskandan@neicorporation.com
Research Institution
The cost involved in reducing mercury emissions from coal fired power plants is an impediment to the implementation of new mercury emission standards, particularly in the older power plants. A number of different sorbent technologies have been considered in the recent past, the most prominent of them being activated carbon. However, the cost of the sorbent itself is high. Further, these treatments render the flay ash byproduct unusable in many cases, thereby negatively impacting the cost of mercury removal. This project aims at overcoming the cost barrier by developing a new class of inexpensive sorbents that will have high mercury removal efficiency. The sorbents will have exceptionally high surface area, possess chemical affinity for mercury atoms, and be stable at the use temperatures. Phase I will synthesize the sorbents, evaluate the mercury removal efficiency, evaluate the extent of bonding between the sorbent and the mercury atoms, and characterize the quality of the fly ash after incorporation of the sorbent. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: As demand for electricity continues to rise, the number of coal-fired power plants in the United States, as well as the output of existing plants, will increase. The new sorbent technology should fulfill the nation¿s increasing demand for reduced mercury emssion. In addition, the methodology also should be applicable to the removal of contaminants (e.g., Pb) from water and air.

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