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ADA-ES Plans To Provide Activated Carbon To The Power Industry

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by Staff Writers
Littleton CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2008
ADA-ES has announced it has successfully completed the first full-scale tests of its chemically treated activated carbon (AC) that it intends to sell to coal-fired power plants for reducing mercury emissions. In January, ADA announced its plan for producing a near-term supply of high-quality AC by purchasing raw activated material from foreign producers and then milling, chemically treating, packaging, and delivering product to utility customers.

ADA produced its first batches of AC in January and has just completed the first performance tests of the product at a power plant burning Western PRB coal. While operating with ADA's AC, it was possible to reduce mercury emissions by greater than 90% at a very competitive feed rate.

This is a significant milestone for ADA in its plans to become a major supplier of mercury control sorbents. The near-term supply of high-quality AC is needed as market forecasts predict AC demand increasing to over 150 million pounds per year in 2009. ADA's plan is to capture a portion of this market beginning in the second half of 2008.

ADA had to demonstrate that its AC is effective for capturing mercury produced when burning lignite and Western subbituminous coals before it could market the product. The application of AC to Western Coals is expected to represent the dominant part of the mercury-control market over the next three years.

ADA's interim plan for supplying AC is being led by John Rectenwald and Steve Young, who have a combined 60 years of senior level experience in the production of AC. This interim product will precede and then potentially supplement AC from ADA's Greenfield AC production plants, which are currently under development.

ADA has previously announced plans for building new AC production capacity, with the first plant expected to be operational in early 2010. Permitting is ongoing in Louisiana and North Dakota for three sites, with up to six production lines, which will be capable of producing total AC in excess of a billion pounds per year.

With the recent DC Circuit Court ruling against EPA on its existing mercury control rule (CAMR), a stricter Federal rule is expected to follow soon, which could create a market sufficient to justify the additional production lines that ADA has planned.

Dr. Michael Durham, President and CEO of ADA-ES, commented, "These exciting performance results are critical to our sales and marketing efforts for long-term, take-or-pay contracts for AC. Our interim product plan creates greater potential for AC sales revenue in 2008 and 2009, and will allow us to compete for contracts that require AC supply prior to the 2010 startup of our planned new production line. The addition of the AC production expertise and experience we obtained through John and Steve make us confident in our ability to produce a quality product, and achieving our 90% goal in our first full-scale demonstration has validated our decisions."

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Coal-Fired Power Industry Now In Similiar Position To Nuclear Power In 1970s
New York NY (SPX) Feb 27, 2008
With rising construction costs, regulatory uncertainties, environmental concerns and other growing risks, the U.S. utilities with more than 100 proposed new coal-fired power plants now face comparable risks and uncertainties to those that derailed the U.S. nuclear power industry in the 1970s, according to a major new report prepared by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR).

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