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Clean Air

On a recent project, CleanAir used an open-path Active FTIR (AFTIR) system coupled with a drone (or unmanned aerial vehicle, UAV) to analyze pollutants in on a high, inaccessible stack. This is not the Passive FTIR system employed in many of the recent flare tests.  The AFTIR analyzer utilized an optical telescope to transmit an infrared (IR) beam through the measurement region. The IR beam was reflected back to the analyzer by a suspended retroreflector array. The analyzer measured the absorption of the IR radiation to determine the composition of the gas in the measurement region. The retroreflector array was suspended from a UAV hovering behind the emission plume relative to the AFTIR about 100 feet in the air. This is the first time (we believe) that anyone has used a UAV-suspended mirror array as one end of an open path monitoring system. Learn more about CleanAir’s drone technology for analyzing plumes in dangerous... Read More
One of the cool projects we are working on involves remote sensing of stack gas velocity using infrared imaging and digital image correlation. Using this technique, we can determine stack gas flow without even climbing the stack… stack-free stack testing. Preliminary tests show results that agree with US EPA Method 2 or 2F to within a few percent. This would be great for a quick check of stack flow or on sources that are hazardous or hard to access. Our own Dr. Dave is heading up this project. Check out his video below.  

Remote Velocity Measurement from Scott Evans on Read More

Excerpt from the June 6, 2017 Federal Register… On May 30, 2017, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Abilene Division, in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Alon USA, LP, Case No.1:17-cv-00087. The proposed Consent Decree resolves United States’ claims under the Clean Air Act (CAA) against Alon USA, LP, concerning its petroleum refinery located in Big Spring, Texas. The proposed Decree addresses the pollutants benzene (under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for benzene) and volatile organic compounds (in connection with leak-detection-and-repair requirements). Under the CAA’s New Source Performance Standards and the Prevention of Significant Deterioration standards, the proposed Decree also addresses various emissions from certain refinery devices, including: Heaters and boilers, flares, and a fluidized catalytic cracking unit (including its regenerator and its associated boiler). Also under the proposed Decree, Defendant would perform... Read More