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Spray dryer absorbers are developed and used for the removal of acidic pollutants, heavy metals, and dust from flue gases of various origins, primarily fossil fuelled power stations, waste incinerators, and steel industries.
The spray dryer absorber module is a key component in the cleaning of gaseous pollutants such as SO2, SO3, HCl, Hg, dioxins, etc. using the GEA Niro spray drying absorption (SDA) technology. The GEA Niro SDA process has its origin in spray drying and basically consists of a spray dryer absorber module, a GEA Niro rotary atomizer, a downstream dust collector, and an absorbent feed preparation system.
The GEA Niro SDA process uses slaked lime Ca(OH)2 as absorbent and produces a dry end-product mainly consisting of fly ash and various calcium compounds. The absorbent is either purchased directly as slaked lime or, more often and more economically, prepared from burned lime CaO on site. From a buffer tank, the slaked lime is pumped to the rotary atomizer by which it is atomized to droplets of less than 50 microns. Following the absorption of acidic components, the chemical reaction, and the final drying, the powdery end-product is separated from the gas phase and transported either to an end-product storage facility or recycled in the SDA process for the improved utilization of excess absorbent.
The SDA technology features excellent performance for absorption of not only primary pollutants such as SO2 and HCl, but due to the combination of finely sprayed absorbent into the flue gas stream and the subsequent dust removal, pollutants like SO3, HF, etc. are almost completely removed. This feature allows for the use of carbon steel as construction material throughout the entire flue gas path. Other features of the GEA Niro SDA process are the possibiliity to use low quality process water, such as waste water or even sea water, and that the process generates no waste water.
The end-product from the process is a stable and dry powder that can be used for a variety of purposes. The majority of the SDA product produced throughout the world is re-used in road construction, building materials, and for other purposes in the construction industry.
Worldwide, numerous GEA Niro SDAs are installed at power stations, steel plants, waste incinerator plants, and as plants burning hazardous waste. Common for the SDAs regardless of where they are installed is that they are all operated to or above the required performance as set by local authorities. Even today, the earliest SDA plants (installed in the 1980’s) are still operating satisfactorily and well below the allowed emission limits.
As the process inventor and holder of the key SDA equipment and know-how, GEA Process Engineering has established a network of trusted licensees and case-to-case partners all over the world. This alliance-based market approach keeps expenses low while the quality of the technology and service remains the best. As of 2011, GEA Process Engineering has license agreements with a number of reputable companies in the USA, South Korea, China and South Africa.
All plants designed and supplied by GEA Process Engineering will enable the end user to obtain approvals put forward by the EU directive.
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