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Measuring Opacity and Particulate Emissions From Combustion Processes

An opacity monitor provides a simple and robust means for emissions monitoring in combustion processes, but under some conditions a particulate matter (PM) monitor may be necessary. This webinar will introduce the concepts behind opacity and particulate measurement, describe the key technologies and provide detailed insight into the requirements for a successful installation.



Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 10 AM EDT (7 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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Overview

Smoke and particulate matter (PM) emissions from combustion sources are indicative of the adequacy of the baghouse or electrostatic precipitator to remove dust from the flue gas. To ensure emissions control systems are operating properly, they are subject to emission limits to prevent air pollution and protect human health. These limits are enforced by local and national governments, and in many cases the source operator must monitor and record the emissions. Of the many available continuous monitoring techniques, opacity and PM measurements remain among the most widely used techniques in the world. They are conceptually simple; the technologies are well-established and high-quality products are readily available. Even so, there are many things to consider to ensure an accurate and reliable measurement. Choosing the correct monitoring technique for the application, installing the monitor correctly and maintaining it properly are all important.

This webinar will introduce you to the concepts behind opacity and particulate measurement, describe the key technologies and provide detailed insight into the requirements for a successful installation. Attendees will come away with an understanding of opacity and particulate measurement in general, the factors behind a successful installation, and key pieces of U.S. and international legislation to follow.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand what opacity and particulate measurement techniques are
  • Learn the factors for a successful installation and measurement
  • Understand the importance of air purge

Speakers

Derek Stuart, Product Manager - Power, AMETEK Land

Derek Stuart is Product Manager - Power at AMETEK Land with more than 25 years' experience in industrial gas measurements. He is a member of the Institute of Physics and the ASTM, contributing to several ASTM standards. As a product development specialist, he was responsible for the design of several continuous emissions monitors, including the successful Model 4500 opacity monitor which is used to monitor particulate matter emissions in stack gases worldwide.

Dennis Delmastro, Global Industry Manager - Power, AMETEK Land

Dennis Delmastro is Global Industry Manager - Power at AMETEK Land and has spent over 25 years in the air emissions, environmental compliance, and energy industries. His roles have included product, project and international sales management during his time in the CEMS sector. He recently spent six years at the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, a government research and development laboratory for coal, oil and gas.