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BOC, AirPol finalize NOx control offering to pulp and paper industry

BOC Gases : 03 June, 2002  (Company News)
BOC and AirPol, a subsidiary of MPM Technologies, have finalized a licensing agreement for BOC's innovative, LoTOxTM nitrogen oxide, or NOx, control technology. BOC and AirPol will jointly market the technology to both the pulp and paper and waste incineration industries.
Under the agreement, BOC and AirPol successfully demonstrated the LoTOx technology in a pilot at Abitibi Consolidated, a paper recycling plant in Sheldon, Texas, earlier this month.

Applying the LoTOx technologyís ozone injection to Abitibiís ink sludge/mixed waste fuel boiler, which is outfitted with existing AirPol wet particulate and sulfur dioxide scrubbing system, reduced the boilersí smog-forming NOx emissions by more than 90 percent and provided comprehensive control of sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. Results of the demonstration will be presented at the National Council of Air and Stream Improvementís NOx workshop in June.

Robert Ferrell, vice president of LoTOx business development for BOC, said, 'This agreement will enable pulp and paper industry customers to easily and inexpensively add NOx control to their current air emissions control technology. AirPol is a recognized leader in the field of wet scrubbing technology, which is an integral part of our LoTOx technology. Their presence in the pulp and paper industry will facilitate the adoption of our LoTOx NOx removal technology.'

Frank Hsu, president, AirPol, said, 'The success of the Abitibi pilot testing is a good example of how BOC and AirPol can together speed the commercialization of the LoTOx technology. Retrofitting the LoTOx system to an existing scrubber system is an efficient and cost-effective approach to achieving NOx removal for industrial plants. With over 300 AirPol scrubber installations in pulp and paper and incineration plants, we now are ready to help our customers solve their NOx problems.

LoTOx is a patented air emissions abatement system that uses ozone to selectively oxidize insoluble NOx to highly soluble species. The LoTOx system can be easily installed as a stand-alone system or can be applied to new or existing SOx and particulate control technology. For example, the LoTOx technology was successfully applied using AirPolís scrubber and reactor technology at RSR Corporationís Quemetco Inc.ís smelting furnace in City of Industry, Calif. BOC also maintains a mobile, trailer-mounted, 250 cubic foot-per-meter demonstration unit to confirm and optimize performance prior to installation.

BOC offers the technology and equipment under a variety of financial arrangements. 'Our objective is to provide the pulp and paper and waste incineration industries with the best available NOx emissions control at the best available commercial terms,' Ferrell said.

The LoTOx technology is the recipient of Chemical Engineering Magazineís 2001 Kirkpatrick Award, granted every two years to honor outstanding chemical engineering technology successfully developed and commercialized through group effort.

MPM Technologies, Inc. is a holding company with three operating subsidiaries: AirPol, Inc. and Huntington Environmental Systems, Inc. which design, build, install and service industrial air pollution control systems and MPM Project Solutions Inc. which provides clients with project management, facility operations and maintenance, staffing support, consulting and technology services. A fourth subsidiary, NuPower, Inc. is engaged in the development and marketing of Skygas, a patented waste-to-fuel technology. Further information about MPM Technologies, Inc. may be found at

BOC offers solutions to a wide range of customer environmental needs such as air emissions, potable water and wastewater treatment, clean fuels, and enhanced combustion processes. 'The LoTOx technology is a good example of how BOC draws upon its own technical resources and those of its strategic partners to find the best available technology to provide solutions to customersí environmental problems,' Ferrell said.
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