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GRI, Acurex to Market Cofiring Technology

GRI, Acurex to Market Cofiring Technology

ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, an environmental and engineering services consulting firm, and the Gas Research Institute (GRI) have formed an alliance to commercialize natural gas co-firing and related technologies that significantly enhance steam boiler performance.

Co-firing-the combustion of natural gas with solid fuel under carefully designed conditions-reduces emissions, increases operating efficiency, and reduces overall operating costs.

Formation of the alliance, called "Acurex EnergyT," follows a successful five-year technology development and demonstration program. The program was sponsored by GRI and performed by Acurex Environmental, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, with support from Coen Company, Burlingame, CA, and the natural gas and boiler industries. The program led to the development of cofiring hardware and applications that have been successful in improving industrial boiler performance and reducing emissions with wood- and coal-fired boilers.

"Return on investments have typically been achieved in less than two years through recovery of lost capacity, improved efficiency, fuel flexibility, and the elimination of costs associated with alternate emissions control." said Acurex Energy General Manager Howard Mason.

Acurex Energy, based in Mountain View, CA., will provide a full range of boiler services and applications to U.S. and Canadian industrial and small utility boiler operators. Services offered include:

Turnkey boiler cofiring installations and retrofits; ancillary services for boiler upgrades, including fuel conversions and emissions control engineering; innovative approaches to project support, and; assistance with permitting, compliance and obtaining tax credits or emission-reduction credits for boiler upgrade projects.

Additional information on cofiring technology offered through Acurex Energy is available at http://www.cofire.com, or by contacting Howard Mason, Acurex Energy, at (650) 254-2470, or Robert Gemmer, GRI, at (773) 399-8313.

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