Emissions reduction research facility planned in Alabama

Southern Research Institute, an independent, not-for-profit research organization, said it plans to construct and operate a new facility designed to test selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts used by the utility industry to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

When construction of the facility is complete, Southern Research said it will then be able to offer services to utility companies that use catalysts for emissions reduction, as well as other organizations that regenerate the catalysts and provide catalyst management services for utilities. The testing services offered will include:

  • Measurement of SCR catalyst de-NOx activity under conditions that match industrial use
  • Measurement of SO2-to-SO3 conversion under the same conditions
  • Inspection of catalyst materials to detect any warping or other changes in dimensions
  • Analysis of the catalyst surface for contamination using x-ray fluorescence; and,
  • Measurement of catalyst specific surface area and pore-size distribution.

Construction of the SCR catalyst test facility is expected to be complete by mid-2012.

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