Absorption of NOx, SO2, and Mercury in a Simulated Additive-Enhanced Wet Flue Gas Desulphurization Scrubber
Renata Krzyżyńska1,2, Yongxin Zhao3, Nick Hutson1
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1U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development,
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 USA
2Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology,
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27, 50-379 Wrocław, Poland
3Arcadis G&M, Inc, Durham, NC 27713 USA
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2010;19(6):1255–1262
Bench- and pilot-scale studies were conducted on the simultaneous removals of SO2, NOx, and mercury (both Hg0 and Hg2+) from coal combustion flue gas using a limestone-based wet flue gas desulfurization (FGD) scrubber. The wet scrubber performance for multi-pollutant control was significantly enhanced with the introduction of an oxidizing additive – sodium chlorite (NaClO2). Parametric studies investigating the effects of flue gas components (e.g., SO2, NO), temperature, and oxidant addition rate were completed with the benchand pilot-scale experimental facilities. Various process configurations were examined to optimize the addition of sodium chlorite. Additional tests were also performed to better understand the chemistry of the oxidation and subsequent capture of the pollutants of interest.