Nol-Tec’s Lodge Cottrell Division to Take Center Stage at Power-Gen International

Nol-Tec Systems will be taking part in and exhibiting at the upcoming 2016 Power-Gen International trade show. Scheduled for December 13-15, the convention is billed as “The World’s Largest Power Generation Event” and will include exhibits from over 1,400 companies from all sectors of the energy generation industry.

Nol-Tec will be among the exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. One area of focus at our booth (#1317) will be the air pollution control (APC) solutions provided by our Lodge Cottrell division. Acquired by and integrated into Nol-Tec in Autumn 2015, Lodge Cottrell—formerly KC Cottrell US—gives us a wide range of additional capabilities and specialties that makes us a total solutions provider for the APC market.

Over 20,000 attendees from more than 110 countries are expected at Power-Gen International 2016. The trade show is scheduled to include 70 conference sessions led by 300-plus industry experts, five additional co-located events, technical training sessions, and more. The event will take place December 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. For additional information on the Power-Gen International trade show, visit www.power-gen.com.

On day one of Power-Gen 2016 (Tuesday, December 13) Nol-Tec’s Bob Mastropietro and Nick Evans will be presenting “Improved Sorbent Utilization Using Lance-Less Technology Causes Re-Evaluations of Electrostatic Precipitator vs. Fabric Filter,” which will give attendees a closer look at the Lodge Cottrell division’s technologies. Mastropietro and Evans’ presentation is scheduled for 1:30-3:30PM in room S310D, as part of the Emissions Control II track.

Plan now to visit us at booth #1317 and to take in our presentation on Tuesday the 13th. If you’d like to receive details about our booth events and schedule, please fill out our “Contact Us” form and write “Power-Gen” in the comments section.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Nol-Tec

Nol-Tec Systems was established in 1983, and has since grown to be one of the most knowledgeable solution providers in the dry bulk materials handling industry. We balance the technical expertise of our staff with original ideas in order to provide custom-engineered pneumatic conveying solutions, bulk material handling, dry sorbent injection and emissions control solutions, and integrated control systems.

Our customers are industry leaders, and come in a variety of sizes and industries from small foundries to multi-national food manufacturers. Our work ranges from projects with large utilities for mercury abatement, to pneumatic conveying systems for plastic pellets, to pneumatic material handling for proppant (frac sand) suppliers, and more. We can handle dry bulk materials quickly, efficiently, and with a system specifically designed for your particular needs.

The diversity of our employees is one of our biggest assets. Collectively, they have more than 100 years of experience in the industry, and have handled countless materials in a wide variety of applications. Our staff members provide excellent service to fulfill your ever-changing project needs.

Learn about Nol-Tec’s passion for partnership with our customers and how our exceptional staff makes the difference in handling success for them by watching our new introductory video.

Introduction to Nol-Tec Systems

 

 

Test Results for Mercury Abatement Trials

In our last two blogs, we’ve discussed the evolving mercury abatement market, some of the challenges presented, and the technology Nol-Tec has developed – our Gen 3 system – to meet those challenges. We’ve had proven success with these new systems – proven through our on-site testing program.

Utilizing a large fleet of portable, self-contained testing equipment, Nol-Tec ran tests on site of both power plants and industrial boilers, in real-world conditions. Most tests were for mercury compliance with MATS standards. However, EGUs and IBs also wanted to control SO3 emissions that are not directly included in MATS, but necessary nonetheless for enhanced Hg removal.  Many tests included injecting both alkaline products and Hg sorbents. This helped us prove not only that Nol-Tec’s systems can produce the correct levels of mercury abatement, but also provide the flexibility our customers demand.

At multiple test sites, Nol-Tec proved again and again that our Gen 3 could meet the challenges presented by powder activated carbon (PAC) and mercury abatement standards. We used a variety of PAC formulations, as well as mixing different kinds of sorbents with PAC to meet requirements. We ran systems at higher injection rates than a standard eductor system could handle. We worked with fluctuating pressures (a reality in pneumatic conveying) and long convey distances. In every case, we were able to bring mercury and other pollutant levels into compliance with EPA standards, efficiently and effectively.  PAC and activated carbon injection do work for mercury abatement when used with a correctly designed pneumatic convey system.

More test result details can be found in the August 2014 issue of Air Pollution Control Magazine or on our website at this link. And you can get more information about Nol-Tec’s ACI systems at this link.

Flexible Technology for Mercury Abatement

In our last blog post, we discussed the evolving mercury abatement market, use of powder activated carbon (PAC), designer sorbents and some of the challenges that activated carbon injection (ACI) presents to utilities and industrial boiler owners. Ideally, power producers need a system that allows them to inject any sorbent they want, at whatever rate they want, through a system convey routing that they choose.  And of course, reliability is critical to the success of meeting MATS.

Since that last post, we’ve added a short primer on what mercury is, how it effects us, and methods of treatment. View that document under our Technical Information tab.

Eductor technology has long been a standard in ACI technology. However, an eductor system will not perform reliably if the system pressure exceeds 3 PSI.   Higher injection rates, longer conveying distances, and the use of designer sorbents will dictate that an alternative be utilized.

A viable alternative to the eductor design incorporates the use of a zero clearance rotary airlock (RAL) to meter product into the dilute pressure conveying system.  The zero clearance RAL greatly improves the feeding of PAC due to reduced leakage.  This technology provides a slight increase in system pressure capability, up to 6 PSI.  However, this design is not entirely reliable at the top end of its pressure range.  Some RAL leakage will still occur and material abrasion (especially with some designer sorbents) can reduce the life of the RAL.

By listening to customer needs, Nol-Tec Systems has designed and innovated a convey system which is able to meet the need to convey higher rates, longer distances, and different sorbent types. This pressurized continuous transport system provides the capability to meter material at system  pressures up to 12 PSI.  Nol-Tec’s Gen 3 systems meet the mercury abatement challenges our customers are facing.  For further information, visit our ACI web page.

How do we know we’re meeting our customers’ needs? Because in 2013, Nol-Tec invested a lot of time and effort in to field testing. Next post, we’ll discuss some of those test results.

The Evolving Mercury Abatement Market

Due to the increasingly stringent EPA regulation on mercury and the many variables surrounding in-duct capture technology, the mercury abatement market continues to change and grow. Injecting powdered activated carbon into flue gases is showing proven results in meeting the increasing compliance  standards for mercury abatement.

But because the EPA standards regulate emissions on many pollutants, technology must be able to handle activated carbon injection (ACI) and a combination of other non-carbon designer sorbents (e.g. amended silicates). These designer sorbents are being developed with finer particle sizes and unique chemistry  so as to increase removal rates not only for mercury abatement, but for SO2, SO3, HCl, and HF as well. The physical material handling properties of the new sorbents impact the pneumatic conveying system design. ACI/sorbent injection rates are being increased to meet the newest compliance standards. There is also an increasing demand for longer conveying distances, so as to allow placement of multiple silos in one offloading location. Therefore, the ACI system must be designed properly to convey various sorbents, at increased injection rates over longer distances. For further information on ACI, check out our web page at this link.

Nol-Tec has been working to meet these new challenges. In our next post, we’ll take a look at technology developments that are allowing energy producers (utilities and industrial plants) to meet mercury abatement standards, while addressing these other issues.

 

What is Resistive Splitting and Why Use It?

For utilities and industrial boilers, capital costs are one large consideration when installing air pollution mitigation. However, ongoing maintenance and materials costs can have an even great impact over time. Dry sorbent injection (DSI) systems keep capital costs in check, but sorbent effectiveness must be boosted for cost effectiveness. Here’s where Nol-Tec’s state-of-the-industry resistive splitter design comes in.

Our innovative Sorb-N-Ject® system designs make the most of sorbent materials. With our resistive splitter technology, sorbent materials do not take the path of least resistance and are instead dispersed equally through each injection lance. Non-resistive splitting, on the other hand, leaves gaps in the sorbent flow, so pollutants may or may not interact with the chemical. The process of resistive splitting fills the duct with a consistent flow of sorbent, so flue gases stream through a curtain of sorbent. This ensures maximum contact between gases and sorbent, which results in efficient chemical interaction and mitigation—and decreases sorbent usage.

Nol-Tec’s in-house experts developed this resistive splitting technology, based on our 30 years of experience in the pneumatic conveying industry. Resistive splitting increases the effectiveness of your sorbent, decreasing overhead costs. It reduces abrasion on the equipment, so a broader range of sorbents can be considered, while lowering your maintenance costs. And we’ve designed it to install easily at the main convey pipe, which lowers the costs to begin using the technology.

Remaining competitive today means keeping costs down and efficiency up. With the innovation and proven success of resistive splitting, that’s exactly what Nol-Tec helps you achieve.

Please Contact Us for more information and be sure to read our blog about DSI Regulations.

Pneumatic Conveying and Bulk Material Handling – Part 2

Pneumatic conveying and bulk material handling are our specialties, and we work with our clients to design custom-engineered systems from proposal through installation. Our mechanical and electrical engineers have years of hands-on experience. So we know how to combat challenges, and make economic recommendations to ensure optimal performance. We pride ourselves in offering services that assist our clients with custom engineered pneumatic conveying systems that are cutting edge in the industry.

Here at Nol-Tec, we have two main areas of focus within our business – pneumatic bulk materials conveying for general industrial applications and also dry sorbent injection systems for the air pollution mitigation industry. Our Sorb-N-Ject technology has been used to successfully at more than 50 electrical power generating units and industrial boilers. Most dry sorbent injection systems have been deployed in coal-fired electrical generating facilities to mitigate SO3 and Hg, along with the removal of SO2 and HCl. In general, hydrated lime (for SO3 removal) and powdered activated carbon (for mercury removal) are the most common sorbent materials used, but sodium bicarbonate and trona are used as well

We work with end users, owners, engineers, and sorbent suppliers to design the optimal system to deliver the proper sorbent material into your facility in a controlled and verifiable manner. Our system design can include components to unload the chemical into on-site storage silos. We know that moisture control in the chemical unload, storage, and transfer system is essential, so we design accordingly.

When it comes to dry sorbent injection solutions, no two power plant designs are the same.  We know that fuel compositional fluctuations can occur, so we conduct injection field trials, along with duct flow modeling, in order to determine answers as to how these variables affect your system design. Our main goal is to anticipate potential challenges, by researching and developing the application solution and pointing you in the right direction to avoid possible difficulties.

Click here to read the first part of this series.