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Title: DOE/NETL's phase II mercury control technology field testing program: preliminary economic analysis of activated carbon injection

Abstract

Based on results of field testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL), this article provides preliminary costs for mercury control via conventional activated carbon injection (ACI), brominated ACI, and conventional ACI coupled with the application of a sorbent enhancement additive (SEA) to coal prior to combustion. The economic analyses are reported on a plant-specific basis in terms of the cost required to achieve low (50%), mid (70%), and high (90%) levels of mercury removal 'above and beyond' the baseline mercury removal achieved by existing emission control equipment. In other words, the levels of mercury control are directly attributable to ACI. Mercury control costs via ACI have been amortized on a current dollar basis. Using a 20-year book life, levelized costs for the incremental increase in cost of electricity (COE), expressed in mills per kilowatt-hour (mills/kWh), and the incremental cost of mercury control, expressed in dollars per pound of mercury removed ($/lb Hg removed), have been calculated for each level of ACI mercury control. For this analysis, the increase in COE varied from 0.14 mills/kWh to 3.92 mills/kWh. Meanwhile, the incremental cost of mercury control ranged from $3810/lb Hg removed to $166 000/lb Hg removed.more » 13 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.« less

Authors:
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  1. National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20862368
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Environmental Science and Technology; Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: Andrew.Jones@netl.doe.gov
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; MERCURY; AIR POLLUTION CONTROL; FIELD TESTS; ECONOMIC ANALYSIS; ACTIVATED CARBON; SORBENT INJECTION PROCESSES; COST; REMOVAL; OPERATING COST; MAINTENANCE; PERFORMANCE; CAPITALIZED COST; POLLUTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT; ADDITIVES; COAL; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; USA; COAL RANK; FLUE GAS; SUBBITUMINOUS COAL; BITUMINOUS COAL; LIGNITE; BROMINE

Citation Formats

Andrew P. Jones, Jeffrey W. Hoffmann, Dennis N. Smith, Thomas J. Feeley III, and James T. Murphy. DOE/NETL's phase II mercury control technology field testing program: preliminary economic analysis of activated carbon injection. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1021/es0617340.
Andrew P. Jones, Jeffrey W. Hoffmann, Dennis N. Smith, Thomas J. Feeley III, & James T. Murphy. DOE/NETL's phase II mercury control technology field testing program: preliminary economic analysis of activated carbon injection. United States. doi:10.1021/es0617340.
Andrew P. Jones, Jeffrey W. Hoffmann, Dennis N. Smith, Thomas J. Feeley III, and James T. Murphy. Thu . "DOE/NETL's phase II mercury control technology field testing program: preliminary economic analysis of activated carbon injection". United States. doi:10.1021/es0617340.
@article{osti_20862368,
title = {DOE/NETL's phase II mercury control technology field testing program: preliminary economic analysis of activated carbon injection},
author = {Andrew P. Jones and Jeffrey W. Hoffmann and Dennis N. Smith and Thomas J. Feeley III and James T. Murphy},
abstractNote = {Based on results of field testing conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE/NETL), this article provides preliminary costs for mercury control via conventional activated carbon injection (ACI), brominated ACI, and conventional ACI coupled with the application of a sorbent enhancement additive (SEA) to coal prior to combustion. The economic analyses are reported on a plant-specific basis in terms of the cost required to achieve low (50%), mid (70%), and high (90%) levels of mercury removal 'above and beyond' the baseline mercury removal achieved by existing emission control equipment. In other words, the levels of mercury control are directly attributable to ACI. Mercury control costs via ACI have been amortized on a current dollar basis. Using a 20-year book life, levelized costs for the incremental increase in cost of electricity (COE), expressed in mills per kilowatt-hour (mills/kWh), and the incremental cost of mercury control, expressed in dollars per pound of mercury removed ($/lb Hg removed), have been calculated for each level of ACI mercury control. For this analysis, the increase in COE varied from 0.14 mills/kWh to 3.92 mills/kWh. Meanwhile, the incremental cost of mercury control ranged from $3810/lb Hg removed to $166 000/lb Hg removed. 13 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.},
doi = {10.1021/es0617340},
journal = {Environmental Science and Technology},
number = 4,
volume = 41,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Thu Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}