Combustion is elemental to a myriad of processes and technologies. WRI is developing new methods for applying combustion to energy production, environmental remediation and waste management. One area of research is oxycombustion, an advanced air separation technology for the low-cost production of pure oxygen for use by coal power plants to reduce hazardous emissions. WRI’s extensive combustion capabilities and research are also being applied to various technologies for mercury mitigation, carbon capture and multi-pollutant control. Additional combustion applications address the destruction of volatile organic compounds.
At the center of WRI’s research is our Combustion Test Facility (CTF). The CTF is available for simulating coal-fired power plant configurations, analyzing emissions, optimizing emission control strategies and other uses. The facility is a pilot-scale coal furnace that simulates a pulverized coal-fired utility boiler. It is ideal for testing power plant technologies and affords great flexibility.
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