Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) January 06, 2013
During recent years, increasing emphasis has been placed on the development of air pollution control technologies that will allow the continued use of coal as an energy source while meeting the stringent requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990 and subsequent legislation and regulations. The report “Air Pollution Control for Coal-Fired Power Plants” is designed to provide information of a professional nature and the technical data are dependent on the accuracy of data provided by manufacturers, researchers and government sources that we covered in our research.
This report provides:
- An overview of the market for air pollution control technologies for both utility and nonutility coal-fired power plants.
- Analyses of market trends, with data from 2011, estimates for 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017.
- Examinations of technologies designed for retrofitting existing plants to meet new standards, as well as technologies for repowering existing facilities and for new plant construction.
- Characterizations of the types of air emissions associated with coal-based power systems and the key regulations that drive technology requirements.
- Evaluations of the current research-and-development status and effectiveness of control technologies for sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), and so-called hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), or "air toxics," with a primary emphasis currently on mercury.
- Reviews of recent patent activity.
- Discussion of industry structure and competitive analysis, with a focus on the electric power generation and air pollution control industries.
- Delineation of current government, regulatory, and public issues.
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players.
The report provides an analysis of the market for air pollution control technologies and equipment for both utility and non-utility coal-fired power plants. It includes technologies designed for retrofitting existing plants to meet new standards, as well as technologies for repowering existing facilities and for new plant construction. The report characterizes the types of air emissions associated with coal-based power systems and the key regulations that drive technology requirements. It evaluates the current R&D status and effectiveness of control technologies for sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and so called hazardous air pollutants (HAPs, or "air toxics"). The primary emphasis for HAP control at this time is on mercury emissions.
Since carbon dioxide (CO2) is not a toxic substance in the chemical and environmental control sense, it is not in the scope of this study even though there are current measures being taken to call it a pollutant for its greenhouse gas properties. We do discuss some of the current discussions regarding carbon dioxide capture and sequestration, but do not attempt to estimate and forecast such markets since they do not yet really exist at this time (and, since CO2 is not a toxic air pollutant, these markets are outside our scope).
The market analysis section in this report provides a detailed analysis and estimates of the markets in base year 2012 and five-year market forecasts for year 2017 for each major technology. Because of the extreme uncertainties in these times, both economic and political, we use a simple scenario analysis to estimate and forecast these markets. Any market estimates these days, especially in politically sensitive regulated arenas, are very speculative, and ours are no exception.
This report consists of eight narrative chapters, of which this is the first, plus an appendix with a glossary of important terms.
The report analyzes the trends and developments in the changing U.S. market for air pollution control technologies for coal-fired power plants. The report provides an overview of the coal-based power industry, including history, key regulations, types and characteristics of plant emissions, types of emission-control technologies, industry structure and future trends. Market estimates and forecasts are included for equipment to control the current major air pollutants from coal-fired power plants. Because of the very political nature of this business, our market analyses, estimates and forecasts are not at all precise, since experts and policy makers disagree about both the size and growth rate of the current and potential market.
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