Minimum Emission Burner System for Water-Tube Boilers

EPA Contract Number: 68D40062
Title: Minimum Emission Burner System for Water-Tube Boilers
Investigators: Kelly, John T.
Small Business: Altex Technologies Corporation
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1994 through March 1, 1995
Project Amount: $54,996
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1994) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , SBIR - Air Pollution , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


Ozone nonattainment air quality regions will require the implementation of ultra-low- NOx boiler burner systems. Currently, only costly Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems can achieve very low NOx emissions. Inexpensive low NOx burners, that can meet the regulations without SCR, are urgently needed by the utilities industry.

Altex has identified the Minimum Emissions Burner System (MEBS) that has the potential to achieve very low NOx at low cost. Small-scale tests at Altex have shown the potential of the concept to lower NOx below 10 ppm. The burner is simple, requires no special materials and is projected to have a pollution control cost of $300/ton of NOx removed. To show the feasibility of this burner under the Phase I program, a burner of 1 MM Btu/hr capacity will be fabricated and tested, under conditions simulating the boiler application of interest. The results of analyses and testing will be used to evaluate the burner performance and costs, relative to existing burner, with and without SCR.

Supplemental Keywords:

Low NOx, Burner, Gas Combustion, Utilities, Boilers., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Air, Toxics, Sustainable Industry/Business, exploratory air engineering, Chemical Engineering, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry, HAPS, VOCs, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, tropospheric ozone, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, Nox, Nitrogen Oxides, low Nox burner, Minimum Emissions Burner System (MEBS), low NOx

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final
  • SBIR Phase II:

    Minimum Emission Burner System for Water-Tube Boilers