It’s probably safe to say that Australians are more concerned about ambient air quality now than they’ve ever been.
And thanks to awareness, legislative action and incidental declines, Australia can proudly boast of having one of the lowest concentrations of airborne fine particulate matter in the world. The unavoidable by-product of even those lowered concentrations, however, continues to be the 501 million tons of CO2- equivalent gaseous emissions that the country still generates annually – 70% of which are attributable exclusively to the nation’s energy, heating, and industrial sectors.
Needless to say, the urgency for monitoring and analyzing emissions directly at the source has never been greater. Fortunately, the technology and the equipment that makes it possible for companies to take decisive action on emissions are readily available. And it’s an action that not only includes measuring their current emissions levels, but helps companies identify where they’re losing thermal efficiency.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when discussing complex combinations of fossil fuel by-products and emissions is that they’re far less about deliberate releases of hazardous gases, than they are about the inefficient plant and factory equipment generating them. Suffice it to say, there’s no way to achieve perfect thermal efficiency with any type of direct or indirect combustion process; but with Seitron test equipment, a full range of flue gas analyzers are available to measure the gaseous emissions created by combustion process operators, and provide those operators with the quantitative data to determine how efficiently their equipment is performing.
Seitron manufactures tough, essential analyzers that make it possible for operators to maximize their combustion efficiency while reining in emissions. Their lightweight, easily configurable design illustrates just how suitable they are for multiple plant processes; and their portability, remote controllable activation, and 12-hour lithium battery means they’re just as qualified for field deployment as they are for plant operators where combustion qualifies as their prime process, such as:
- Boilers and furnaces;
- Heating systems; and,
- Power generation units.
Although the overwhelming majority of these systems are typically outfitted with some type of emission control technology, it still takes accurate combustion analysis at various temperatures and pressures to precisely identify which gases are entering the atmosphere, and just how concerning they are. It’s only when those combustion gases are periodically tested is it possible to keep an emission control plan implemented that’ll work for the benefit of the environment and the operator, and that’s precisely what Seitron test equipment specializes in.
Sensors make all the difference with gas analysis, and Seitron analyzers feature bore-fitted, flex-type sensors that are engineered and calibrated to measure as many as 12 different gases directly at the source, including:
- CO2 (carbon dioxide);
- O2 (ozone);
- NH3 (ammonia);
- NOx (nitrogen oxide); and,
- CxHy (unburned hydrocarbons, including methane and propane).
With a provision to install multiple sensors, a Seitron analyzer can take measurements on up to 6 gases at a time, allowing users to collect custom combinations of results reflecting their plant equipment’s operation under varying conditions. These analyzers can also store a complete analytical record of up to 2,000 collection results, generate QR codes, or transfer the results via USB or Bluetooth to a PC for further analysis.
In short, businesses know they can count on Seitron gas analyzers to ensure that they have a clear picture of what needs to happen with their combustion processes to protect the environment.
Not surprisingly, flue gas analysis is an extremely intricate process. Unlike what its name implies, however, it isn’t strictly about taking ambient air readings. It also includes investigating the other by-products of combustion like water vapour and particulate matter for toxic content.
That’s why Seitron analyzers are designed with a full array of detection features that are even capable of performing more intricate gas measurements, such as:
- Calculating stack heat loss and efficiency;
- Measuring differential pressure;
- Gas pressure in the gas pipe;
- Gas pipe tightness; and,
- Ionization current.
Seitron analyzers also work across a broad range of combustion fuels to ensure that the data it’s collecting is perfectly consistent with standard combustion sources, like:
- Natural gas, biogas, or butane;
- Propane, propane air, or LPG; and,
- Diesel or fuel oil.
On select models, it’s even possible to program up to 16 custom fuel coefficients. It’s this array of unparalleled measurement features that makes Seitron analyzers the ideal emissions monitoring instruments for troubleshooting thermal inefficiency.
In addition to a Seitron analyzer’s standard complement of features, they can also be paired with a full selection of specialized emission measuring accessories, including:
- An external pitot tube. For measuring the air speed of gas leaving the flue.
- An outdoor air temperature probe. For measuring flue temperatures up to 400°C.
- Gas sample coolers. For quickly cooling gas samples down to a temperature of 5°C.
These added data points allow operators to develop a conclusive picture of all their gaseous emissions, and locate where their thermal processes are falling short. Regardless of whether an emission problem is fuel or plant equipment related, Seitron analyzers give operators the visibility to improve their operations while improving air quality.
The Final Word
At the end of the day, emissions measuring and testing equipment doesn’t have to be costly or complex. It does however need to be flexible enough to use anywhere, and under a variety of operating conditions.
That’s why companies and plant operators know they can count on Seitron test equipment to deliver data that’s as easy to read and interpret as it is to act upon. They know that simply measuring emissions content isn’t enough: they need the information that’ll enable them to pinpoint the emission problem.
If your company is looking to take the lead on both air quality and thermal efficiency, Seitron makes the instruments you want to start with.