Mercury co-beneficial capture in air pollution control devices of coal-fired power plants

Deepak Pudasainee, Yong Chil Seo, Jin Ho Sung, Ha Na Jang, Rajender Gupta

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Coal contains trace amount of mercury (Hg). Hg compounds in coal combustion flue gas are speciated into elemental (Hgo), oxidized (Hg2+), and particle-bound (Hgp). Air pollution control devices (APCDs) installed for removing NOx, particulate matter and SOx have a co-beneficial effect on Hg capture. In this paper Hg emission and speciation across APCDs in coal-fired power plants in S. Korea were measured; total emission and the co-beneficial control in existing APCDs were estimated for the year 2013. Hg concentration in flue gas at the outlet of the boiler and stack ranged from 7.5 to 9.9 μg/Sm3 and 1.0 to 1.2 μg/Sm3, respectively. APCDs (selective catalytic reactor (SCR) + electrostatic precipitator (ESP) + wet flue gas desulphurization (FGD)) were able to capture 80.8% of Hg as a co-beneficial control. SCR, ESP, and wet FGD independently and in a group promoted co-beneficial Hg control. Annually, 7.2 t of Hg was captured as a co-beneficial control in existing APCDs of coal-fired power plants in South Korea. Even though, Hg co-beneficial controls in plants with advanced APCDs are significant, emphasis should be given for the direct control of Hg.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Coal Geology
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Geology
  • Economic Geology
  • Stratigraphy


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