Installation of First Compliance Particulate Monitor for the Electric Utility Industry
An electric utility in Kentucky operating a coal-fired power plant hired Mechanical Systems, Inc. to replace a continuous opacity monitoring system (COMS) that was located in the duct work upstream of the flue-gas desulfurization system. High readings were causing frequent derating and negatively impacting revenue.
We participated in several meetings with the regulatory agency, and after selecting a representative sampling location within the stack, installed a BetaGuard Particulate Monitor that would provide reliable, real-time measurements of particulate concentrations and report variations in operational parameters of the combustion equipment, allowing the plant engineers to quickly react to conditions that would cause unwanted derating. The installation was our first executed in full compliance with the EPA's Performance Specification 11 (PS-11) for the installation of particulate matter continuous emissions monitoring systems (PM-CEMS). We collected and correlated all site-specific data and confirmed the acceptability of the BetaGuard system that was installed and placed into operation.
Operations at the plant immediately improved, and the customer's rapid ROI lead to installation of a second BetaGuard PM in another stack at the same plant. To learn more about this project or how a BetaGuard Particulate Monitor can improve your operations, contact Mechanical Systems Inc. today.
Installation Highlights from this First Compliance Particulate Monitor
Particulate Characterization Testing
|Installation of BetaGuard Particulate Monitor
||Coal-Fired Power Plant|
||COMS Operating on the Duct Upstream of the FGD
- High duct opacity readings caused unit derates and reduced revenue generation
||BetaGuard Particulate Monitor|
|Several meetings with regulatory agency
Selection of representative sampling location in stack
|Correlation testing provided by MSI|
Rapid ROI lead to installation of another BetaGuard PM at this plant
|Industry For Use
||Electric Utility |
||First Compliance BetaGuard PM Installation at Coal Fired Power Plant|
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