A TXRF System for Mercury Emissions Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$999,995.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-SC0009651
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
211605
Solicitation Year:
2014
Solicitation Topic Code:
13c
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0001019
Small Business Information
450 South Freeway, Fort Worth, TX, 76104-3503
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
51-036375
Principal Investigator:
NalinKumar
Dr.
(817) 880-3880
kumarmaple@aol.com
Business Contact:
NalinKumar
Dr.
(817) 880-3880
kumarmaple@aol.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) require coal-fired power plants to limit mercury emissions to tenths to ten-thousandths of a pound/gigawatt-hour of gross electrical output. There is a need to develop instruments that can measure such low mercury emission levels. The goal of this project is to develop a TXRF based nano-sensor technology that can accurately, precisely, and continuously monitor and measure mercury emissions levels from coal- fired plants. During Phase I, a low cost, archivable nano-sensor tape with mercury detection resolution 200 times better than the best current technologies was developed and experimentally demonstrated, while reducing the need for flue gas pre-treatment and particulate matter removal at the same time. Emissions of other toxic materials such as selenium and arsenic can also be monitored with this technology. During Phase II, a commercially viable continuous emissions monitor will be designed and assembled based on the nano-sensor technology developed in Phase I. This monitor will be evaluated under laboratory condition during the first year, followed by installation and field testing at a coal power plant during the second year. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: This highly accurate and highly precise technology will help reduce toxic mercury emissions from more than 7000 coal fired power plants throughout the world resulting in wide spread health benefits. In addition, the real time data can be used to control the mercury remediation equipment to minimize plant operating costs as well.

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