The world population is projected to exceed the 9 billion mark by 2050. This extraordinary rate of growth would require an increased power generation to be able to provide and sustain higher standards of living.
This phenomenal rise in population would also result in increased demand for materials such as cement, aluminium, pulp and fuels such as oil and gas to create the consumable goods and infrastructures needed.
But the truth is, to be able to produce or extract these raw materials, the process involved is far from being easy. And this process needs to be carried out in such a way that the impact on the air quality and the environment is very minimal.
For several decades now, GE Steam Power Systems has been at the forefront of the campaign to improve the quality of air within the industry significantly. Till date, GE Steam Power Systems remains a leading advocate for the drive to reduce air pollution that is generated from industrial o r energy generation processes.
GE Steam Power Systems has already installed air quality control systems in industrial as well as power plants all over the world where they are in operation. Thereby accounting for an output of about 500 gigawatts; ridding the air of various pollutants and harmful substances that would be inhaled otherwise.
The epic contribution of GE’s technology in cleaning up the air and ensuring we have access to clean and safe air is invaluable. Its flue gas cleaning systems are remarkably helpful in removing harmful substance in the air from power plants and industrial manufactories. But the real game changer in their fight against air pollution lies in their latest solutions.
By applying a formidable array of advanced tools, including dry and wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) technology, selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR), and particulate control systems (electrostatic precipitators and fabric filters), the company has been able to deploy solutions that are capable of removing 99% of particulate matter, 98% of sulfur oxide, 95% of nitrogen oxide and 92% of mercury and several other pollutants from power and industrial plants emissions.
From these statistics, it is evident that their flue gas cleaning systems are highly effective in ridding the air of pollutants and harmful substances.
The phenomenal removal rates are hardcore proofs of GE’s long established commitment to technology and innovation. GE currently earmarks about 4-5% of its annual revenues for research and development and has continued to invest in innovative and cutting edge technologies that remove hazardous pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.
Currently, GE has mobilized about 1,000 employees across the world in this critical assignment. And according to Pascal Radue, Head of Clean Combustion Business, GE Steam Power System, “We have established four state-of-the art centres of technological development around the world, and each works toward the same goal of enabling our customers to meet the most stringent environmental regulations at the lowest cost.”
He also said that “The dry FGD and particulate matter systems are developed and tested in Växjo, Sweden, the wet flue gas technology is nurtured and developed just outside Milan, Italy, and the SCR technology is in the US-state of Tennessee.” In the meantime, a centre that focuses on seawater flue gas desulphurization (FGD) systems is currently in Beijing, a city that is often at the heart of air quality alerts.
The seawater flue gas desulphurization (FGD) that GE has spent over four decades developing is supplied to industrial facilities and power plants in coastal areas in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The way it functions is this: it takes up seawater and uses it as a reagent to absorb sulphur dioxide emissions.
A pulse-jet fabric-filter system helps to maintain the particulate emissions in the industrial areas and power plants below 50 milligrams per standard cubic meters. And that’s how GE’s technology uses flue gas systems to clean the air and remove pollutants.
This multi air control system that GE is offering to its customers can also be applied across a wide range of industries and power plants that depend on various types of fuels and that have different capacities. GE’s comprehensive range of solutions allows their customers to apply the solution that best fits their needs in their efforts at reducing emissions and complies with the increasingly rigid restrictions imposed by regulators.