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Abstract

Mercury emission from a flue gas such as that generated by a coal fired power plant is controlled by injecting into the flue gas unburned carbon purified from ash such as fly ash or wood ash. The unburned carbon adsorbs the mercury and is later removed from the flue gas by a particle separator. The unburned carbon collected from ash is significantly lower in cost compared to activated carbon presently used in such a process. The unburned carbon is concentrated in the sorbent by one or more separation processes used to remove noncarbon particles from the fly ash. These processes include gravity separation, electrostatic separation, froth flotation, magnetic separation and size classification. Mercury adsorption is further increased by oxidation of the carbon surface.

Patent Number

6,027,551

Assignee

Board of Control of Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich.

Application Number

09/167,790

Date Filed

10-7-1998

Certificate of Correction

No

Issue Date

2-22-2000

Disciplines

Automotive Engineering | Engineering

Control of mercury emissions using unburned carbon from combustion by-products

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