System Cuts Boiler NOx Emissions By Up To 90
<i>Plants can add boiler capacity without increasing pollution.</i><b>By Cosby Woodruff, Assistant Editor</b>
BoilersBy Cosby Woodruff, Assistant Editor System Cuts Boiler NOx Emissions By Up To 90%Plants can add boiler capacity without increasing pollution. Environmental awareness has taken its place alongside globalization, specialization and consolidation as trends affecting the way textile companies do business. Along those lines, many companies look for wayshowever smallto reduce operating costs and pollution.Cutting the nitrous oxide emissions (NOx) from a boiler may only make a dent in a plants overall environmental impact, but Nationwide Boiler Inc. recently introduced a catalytic reduction system - CataStak - that reduces NOx emissions by up to 90% over traditional natural-gas fired boiler burners. Nationwides system also reduces carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). NOx is a key component to smog, and CO and VOC both contribute to air pollution.Nationwide developed CataStak to meet Californias tough, anti-smog laws, company president Jeff Shallcross says, but he expects to receive orders from textile operations through his firms Charlotte office.He predicts it is only a matter of time before national regulations become tougher, and the demand for emission-reducing products grows nationally. "They are getting tighter and tighter on pollution," Shallcross says. "This is the next step in lower emissions. If plants need to get down below a certain level (of emissions), this is a way they can do it."He also says CataStak can increase a plants boiler capacity without increasing its total pollution emissions.