EU’s environmental technology competition awards were presented in Brussels Thursday evening. Fortum’s entry ”Cleaner air through advanced burner design for large combustion plants” received an honourable mention and placed among the three best in the Process series.
The jury for the European Commission’s European Business Awards for the Environment selected 12 companies from 139 entries to move to the finals.
Behind Fortum’s competition entry is the long-term development work on low-NOx combustion technology conducted at Fortum Service, which provides operation and maintenance services for industry and power plants. Pauli Dernjatin and the combustion team are responsible for the development work in collaboration with the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Babcock-Hitachi. The competition entry was drafted by Marja Englund from Fortum Service.
Lowering nitrogen oxide emissions using the combustion technology in question reduces expenses significantly compared to the commonly used catalytic emissions-reduction techniques. The technology can be applied in coal-, peat-, and lignite-fired power plants.
A cost-effective alternative
The jury emphasised that the Fortum entry offers a process to alleviate climate change. The combustion technology can be used widely in large facilities burning solid fuels in the EU and in other parts of the world. The jury acknowledged that the abatement of nitrogen oxide emission as end-of-pipe technology is expensive. The new technology offers a cost-effective alternative by preventing the generation of nitrogen oxide at the beginning of the process.
The European Business Awards for the Environment competition recognises companies with operations that support sustainable development. The awards are given to companies that are pioneers in environmentally friendly operations, products and processes.
For additional information: Technology Manager Petra Lundström, Fortum Corporation, tel. +358 50 45 35422