ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller and Gas Research Institute Form Alliance to Market Natural Gas Cofiring.
ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, an environmental and engineering services consulting firm, and Gas Research Institute (GRI) have formed an alliance to commercialize natural gas cofiring and related technologies that significantly enhance steam boiler performance.
Cofiring--the combustion of natural gas with solid fuel under carefully designed conditions--reduces emissions, increases operating efficiency, and reduces overall operating costs.
Formation of the alliance, called "Acurex Energy(TM)," follows a successful five-year technology development and demonstration program. The program was sponsored by GRI and performed by Acurex Environmental, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, with support from Coen Company, Burlingame, Calif., and the natural gas and boiler industries. The program led to the development of cofiring hardware and applications that have been successful in improving industrial boiler performance and reducing emissions with wood- and coal-fired boilers.
"Cofiring has delivered an impressive range of economic and environmental benefits in more than 20 recent boiler retrofits," said Acurex Energy General Manager Howard Mason. "In fact, return on investments have typically been achieved in less than two years through recovery of lost capacity, improved efficiency, fuel flexibility, and the elimination of costs associated with alternate emissions control."
Acurex Energy, based in Mountain View, Calif., will draw upon the specialized expertise of GRI and ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller to provide a full range of boiler services and applications to U.S. and Canadian industrial and small utility boiler operators. Services offered include:
-- Turnkey boiler cofiring installations and retrofits; -- Ancillary services for boiler upgrades, including fuel conversions and emissions control engineering; -- Innovative approaches to project support, and; -- Assistance with permitting, compliance and obtaining tax credits or emission-reduction credits for boiler upgrade projects.
Robert Gemmer, principal project manager with GRI, said, "The combined technical resources of GRI and ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, and the burner expertise of Coen Company will enable Acurex Energy to deliver comprehensive solutions for the operating and environmental challenges facing solid fuel boiler owners."
Acurex Energy representatives will present the results and cost benefits of cofiring installations at several upcoming conferences including: Combustion Canada '99, May 26-28; the International Joint Power Generation Conference and Exposition, July 25-28; and the Fourth Biomass Conference of the Americas, August 29-September 3. Additional information on cofiring technology and services offered through Acurex Energy is available at http://www.cofire.com, or by contacting Howard Mason, Acurex Energy, at (650) 254-2470, or Robert Gemmer, GRI, at (773) 399-8313.
GRI, established in 1976 and headquartered in Chicago, manages cooperative research and development (R&D) programs for its 329 members and the natural gas industry. GRI conducts R&D that benefits the entire industry and its customers; and targeted benefits R&D in which consortia and individual organizations partner with GRI to develop or apply technologies to improve their competitiveness and benefit customers.
ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller is an environmental and engineering services consulting firm, specializing in full-service capabilities within the environment, infrastructure and technology sectors. The firm is the U.S.-based operations arm of ARCADIS NV (NASDAQ: ARCAF) (Arnhem, The Netherlands), a multi-national engineering company specializing in consulting and implementation services for environment, infrastructure, and construction engineering.