Ultra Low NOx Gas Fired Domestic AppliancesEPA Contract Number: 68D30108
Title: Ultra Low NOx Gas Fired Domestic Appliances
Investigators: Lyon, Richard K.
Small Business: Energy and Environmental Research Corporation (NJ)
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Project Period: September 1, 1993 through March 1, 1994
Project Amount: $50,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1993) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Description:Energy and Environmental Research Corporation (EER) has discovered a radically new method of burning natural gas. While the best presently available gas combustion of natural gas to be done with a production of NOx well below 1 ppm.
This new technology is particularly well suited to application in gas fired domestic appliances such as hot water heaters. Pending regulations in Southern California and other regions of critical air quality problems would effectively ban gas fired appliances which are based on presently available technology, forcing the use of electrical appliances. Such a gas to electricity conversion would destroy much of the value of the natural gas distribution system, require major investment in new electrical generation capacity, and result in considerably less efficient use of energy resources.
Use of EER's new combustion technology would allow domestic gas fired appliances to satisfy the pending regulations by operating with extremely low NOx emissions. In addition to providing a far more cost effective method of NOx control, EER's new technology also has the potential for making hot water heaters less expensive to operate through improved energy efficiency, eliminating indoor air pollution from cooking ranges, and eliminating a major safety problem which is inherent in all gas fired appliances based on present technology.