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ABB INTRODUCES NEW AIR QUALITY MONITORING TECHNOLOGY (Product Announcement)

 ABB INTRODUCES NEW AIR QUALITY MONITORING TECHNOLOGY
 STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A new technology that can help industries and utilities monitor air emissions for compliance with the provisions of the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act is being introduced in the United States by Asea Brown Boveri Inc. (ABB). The company announced today that a new unit will manufacture and market this system that surpasses air monitoring technology currently available here.
 Continuous self-monitoring can provide an early warning system for immediate detection in emission patterns of up to 20 pollutants, including oxides of sulfur and nitrogen. This system, known as OPSIS, represents a breakthrough both from the standpoint of the type and number of compounds detectable, and in the sensitivity of the instrument. Current methods generally detect a single compound at a single moment.
 OPSIS works by projecting a narrow beam of light from a transmitter to a receiver over a predetermined path. The path can be just a few feet long for measuring smokestack emissions or up to 1.5 miles for monitoring overall air quality. Part of the light is absorbed by air pollutants. The remaining light is collected by the receiver and sent over a fiber optic cable to a central unit containing a computerized spectrometer. The spectrometer analyzes the type and quality of gaseous substances in the measurement path.
 Since 1987, OPSIS has been used in 200 installations in Europe and is currently being evaluated by environmental protection authorities at several
locations in North America. The system is being marketed and manufactured by a new unit, ABB Environmental Monitoring Systems, Inc., in Wayne, N.J.
 The new unit is a subsidiary of ABB Environmental Services, Inc. of Portland, Maine, an environmental management firm that provides consulting services, systems and products to solve environmental problems.
 Asea Brown Boveri Inc. provides products and services for the power, process, industrial automation, environmental control, mass transit and other markets. The company and its subsidiaries have sales of approximately $6 billion and some 30,000 employees in the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Armour of Asea Brown Boveri, 203-328-2217, or at home, 203-655-9461/ CO: Asea Brown Boveri Inc. ST: Connecticut IN: UTI SU: PDT


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