Air Pollution Control Equipment Services, Emissions

Cardinal SNCR Project Announced

Issue 6 and Volume 102.

Cardinal SNCR Project Announced

American Electric Power (AEP) and several partners are participating in a project aimed at large-scale demonstration of selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) to reduce NOx emissions from steam generating units. SNCR will be installed this fall at AEP`s 600 MW Cardinal Plant Unit 1 in Brilliant, Ohio, with start-up by early 1999.

“If successful, this project will show that SNCR can be used in large boilers to provide reductions in nitrogen oxide emissions beyond those achievable with other technologies alone, enabling SNCR to play a role in an overall NOx compliance program that includes AEP`s supercritical units,” said Martin Mearhoff, AEP`s manager-mechanical engineering.

Ohio and nine other states have taken issue with a federal proposal to require stricter NOx emissions in the Midwest in an attempt to improve air quality in the Northeast.

The Cardinal project will cost an estimated $6 million, including capital costs and operation and maintenance expenses. Participating with AEP and the Ohio Department of Development are a consortium of other electric utilities through the Electric Power Research Institute, fuel suppliers and Nalco Fuel Tech.

Participating utilities are Buckeye Power Inc., owner of the Cardinal