After being treated in the reactor inside, the gases travel up and then are piped down to be separated. The equipment on the side is used to isolate mercury, nitrogen, and sulfur. The plan is to sell these minerals for use in commercial products, like ammonia fertilizer or sulfuric acid. Apart from GreatPoint's gasifier, much of the equipment in the plant is off-the-shelf and already used in coal-fired power plants.
The purpose of the test facility is to work out the engineering to make the multistage process work. The output--natural gas--here is being flared rather than being shipped into a pipeline as a commercial facility would do. Similarly, the company isn't testing underground storage of carbon dioxide here.
April 13, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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