Burning of solid hydrocarbon fuels (i.e. coal) results in what is commonly referred to as slagging and fouling of downstream heat transfer surfaces due to the bi-products (fly ash) of the combustion process. This fouling has a negative impact on efficiency of heat transfer and requires significant increases in coal burned in order to maintain power output of the utility. In addition, utilities burning fossil fuels are facing increasing regulatory compliance challenges. Regulations are forcing many utilities to change fuel sources, inject additives, modify and add equipment. These changes are adding to the loading and changing the properties of the ash deposits, making them even more difficult to remove.
Year Established: 2014