Environmental regulation as an opportunity in the industry sector

The environment protection is an issue that has taken importance since some time ago due to the sustainable development principle. This awareness is reflected in the type of projects required by clients and in the regulatory body’s agenda, and it’s materialized in new business opportunities.

Throughout its history, DOMINION has accomplished projects related to environmental improvements such as the design of specific energy efficiency or water and air quality management platforms, or projects related to the display of meteorological networks.

In regards to the industry sector, the regulatory framework is being increased and it’s stringent in the emissions arena, with the purpose of protecting the environment. The projects get more complicated and make necessary the knowledge of more technical and innovative solutions that allow the compliance of the new demands in a responsible, efficient and profitable way.

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Expertise along with strategic partners

Among other parameters, this regulatory framework forces the development and application of technologies related to the NOx reduction that are sent out to the atmosphere as a subproduct of combustion processes. One of the exponents of these technologies is the selective catalytic reduction (SCR).

DOMINION is very familiar with the SCR technology by means of an agreement and regular collaboration with Inerco, one of the most important and SCR specialized engineering companies of the world. DOMINION has a deep experience in SCR projects related to power plants in Spain and Latin America that continues to get new projects in the request for bids phase. Backed by its wide experience in the industry sector, DOMINION is implementing its technological knowledge and its expertise in order to achieve an objective that benefits all equally: taking care of the environment.

SCR in depth: the NOx reduction leading technology

The way this leading technology works consists in generating a catalytic reaction which uses a reductant to convert oxides of nitrogen (NOx) into harmless nitrogen (N2) and water. Due to the required higher DeNOx efficiency, a lot of efforts have recently been concentrated on the optimization of the SCR systems for broadening the active DeNOx temperature window as widely as possible, especially at low temperatures, enhancing the catalysts durability and reducing the cost of the DeNOx system.

On industrial installations, SCR catalysts are generally installed along with an ammonia system to use this gas as reductant. The system sprays ammonia, typically stored as aqueous ammonia, anhydrous ammonia, or a urea solution, into the exhaust stream. The ammonia adsorbs onto the SCR catalyst, where it reacts with NOx and oxygen to form nitrogen and water. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a reaction product when urea is used as the reductant. Typical NOx reduction is among 70-95%.

Engelhard Corporation patented the SCR with ammonia as reductant in 1957 in the US. Further development was made in Japan and the US in the early 1960’s focusing on cheaper and more durable catalyst agents. The first large-scale SCR facility was installed in 1978 by IHI Corporation.

Typical uses of commercial SCR systems are found on industrial boilers, utility boilers and municipal solid waste boilers. Further applications include diesel marine engines, diesel locomotives, gas turbines, and even automobiles (AdBlue).