Sample Conditioning System for Real-Time Mercury Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: 68-D-01-060
Agency Tracking Number: 68-D-01-060
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2895 West Oxford Avenue, Suite 1, Englewood, CO, 80110
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sharon Sjostrom
 (303) 783-9599
Business Contact
 Sharon Sjostrom
Phone: (303) 783-9599
Research Institution
Mercury from combustion sources is a major concern to the nation's air quality. In December 2000, EPA announced that it would regulate mercury emissions from coal-fired boilers under Title III of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. EPA plans to issue final regulations by December 2004, and is expected to require compliance by December 2007. The Department of Energy estimates that control of mercury emissions from coal-fired utility boilers will cost billions of dollars annually. Prior to installing a mercury control system, improved measurements of mercury emissions would allow EPA and the utility to make better decisions concerning control options. Real-time continuous monitoring of mercury would provide options for advanced process control feedback and for monitoring the performance of the control system, thus lowering the cost of mercury controls. Although a few mercury analyzers show promise for measuring elemental mercury, a reliable sampling system that allows these analyzers to measure total (particulate, vapor-phase) and speciated mercury continuously and in real time in the flue gas of coal-fired boilers is needed. Apogee is defining a new state-of-the-art in mercury measurement by developing a novel sample conditioning system (SCS) for the continuous real-time monitoring of mercury in flue gas from coal-fired boilers.

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