ABB helps Chinese power plants to reduce coal combustion emissions

Global pioneering technology leader ABB introduces innovative new product to market to aid power generation companies in meeting the country’s targets to reduce NOx emissions.

In an effort to reduce coal emissions and improve air quality, China has put into place key plant emission limit targets for sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) of 50, 100 and 20 milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), respectively*.

To help achieve these standards, ABB is working closely with its Chinese customers to implement a number of emission control technologies, most recently piloting its’ innovative PYRO Flame Scanner series, a product that enables flame temperature management and supports combustion optimization.

Already operational at ShanDong Huang Tai Power Plant and ShanDong Wei Fang Power Plant, the new SF810i-PYRO and SF810-PYRO flame scanners allow for the accurate measurement of flame temperatures in processes that may ordinarily become obscured by smoke or dust.

Providing live analysis of basic flame parameters allows the flame scanner to assess individual burner safety and combustion parameters such as air to fuel ratio and NOx emissions. Real-time data regarding DC intensity, flick frequency, AC amplitude, quality and flame management reviews can be utilized to prevent the formation of hazards and develop a more advanced and efficient boiler combustion control strategy.

“Flame monitoring is a compulsory instrumentation system required in every thermal power plant to prevent hazardous operations”, said Kevin Kosisko, managing director of ABB’s Power Generation & Water. “Flame temperature measurement offers key data to assess the combustion process.”

Easy and quick to install, ABB PYRO Flame scanners can be installed and operational within five minutes. Kosisko continued “With the PYRO series flame scanners, ABB offers both features in a single device and at a single point of measurement reducing investment costs required for equipment, installation, wiring, cooling and integration into a plant control system.”


Alongside piloting in China, the global benefits of this new product have also made it an attractive option for ABB customers in other regions with pilots underway in the US, Denmark, India and Japan and across vertical markets, including pulverized fuels, lignite and biomass flames.

ABB is a leading provider of integrated power and automation solutions with unparalleled experience in partnering with the energy and water industries, bringing them improved operations and sustainable progress. It delivers integrated and secure digital systems, services and solutions to automate and optimize the performance of conventional and renewable power plants and water facilities.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

*World Resources Institute


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