In the process of burning coal, mercury is developed and goes into the atmosphere. Well, as some of us know GLW is working on this problem. Filters for diesels and automobiles. Believe me the smart guys at Sullivan Park are going to have another big winner with the filters mentioned above. Who knows, might come a lot quicker than you think.
Mercury Abatement The presence of mercury in the environment is a growing global concern. Electricity generation facilities around the world continue to rely on coal as an abundant and cost-effective energy source. As a result, mercury is released into the atmosphere. Mercury is a serious toxin linked to developmental problems in children along with increased health risks to people of all ages and global regulations continue to tighten as a result. One of the key challenges is that, when burned, coal produces two forms of mercury emissions which can typically not be captured by the same control technology. To solve this difficult problem, Corning is currently in the very early stage of evaluating an innovative carbon activated/impregnated honeycomb technology that can absorb both forms of hazardous mercury from the flue gases of coal-fired power plants before it is dispersed into the atmosphere. This carbon activated honeycomb will be a solution that will enable a safer and cleaner method for disposing of the mercury. We believe that the mercury abatement technology we are working on has the potential to capture/decrease about 90 percent of the mercury emissions from all coal types. View a Flash tutorial on Corning's mercury abatement technology.
corvettegirl, thanks for the guidance. I watched the quick tutorial. I wonder what the filter is embedded with. It appears to be S for sulfur. Also it says research is in early stage. I am familiar with how long research requires, and I hope GLW gets lucky with the time factor.
I certainly hope they are successful with ceramic type filters, but the chemistry of diesel vehicle filters is far different, simpler, and easier than a filter for the burning of coal. It is my understanding that the ultra low sulfur diesel fuel we have at our pumps today is key to the GLW ceramic filters working in our diesels today. Without ultra low sulfur fuel, it is not clear today's ceramic filters would work. If you have info in this area, please let us know.