Emission Monitoring of Nitric Oxide with a Mid-IR Solid State Laser
EISG Project Title: Emission Monitoring of Nitric Oxide with a Mid-IR Solid State Laser
EISG Grant Number: 02-20
PIER Area: Energy-Related Environmental Research
Principal Investigator: Robert Cattolica
Contact Information: Phone: (858) 534-2433 email: Rjcat@ucsd.edu
Organization: University of California, San Diego
Grant Amount: $75,000
Grant Term: 12 Months
§ Proposes to determine the feasibility of using a mid-IR solid-state laser to accurately measure low levels of NOx in the exhaust of gas turbine/electric generators.
§ An operational one-meter long combustion exhaust simulator will be constructed. A prototype mid-IR laser will be fabricated and tested in the combustion exhaust simulator.
§ In the near future, the mandated NOx emission levels for gas turbines used for power generation will be so low that current NOx measurement technologies will not be able to measure the emission levels accurately. This proposed technology has the potential to provide measurement accuracy sufficient to measure mandated levels well into the future.
§ If successful, the proposed technology has the potential to accurately measure low levels of a wide variety of emission species further facilitating the setting and verification of various harmful emissions.