"However, with the new regulations on the horizon and the inability of conventional burners to meet these criteria cost effectively," he added, "many operators are being forced to consider SCR. We believe that the market will be at an inflection point over the next two years that makes the timing of our innovation especially good."
According to ClearSign Chief Technology Officer, Joe Colannino, ClearSign's approach, unlike currently available technology, requires absolutely no external flue gas recirculation, keeps oxygen at very low levels (around 3% or below), and can maintain a stable flame throughout a wide operating range. Because of these features, the Duplex burner architecture enables significant advantages in fuel efficiency and process throughput as compared to conventional Low- and Ultra-low-NOx burners.
"Our ability to combine these features represents not only a technical breakthrough," Colannino said, "but also a significant potential breakthrough for operating economics. Our goal is to reduce NOx to unprecedented levels without introducing the design compromises that have driven cost of ownership to such prohibitive levels.
"In many instances, these improvements can translate to annual savings in the seven and eight figure range. Many traditional Low-NOx burners make use of increased flame length and reduced momentum to reduce NOx, but the resulting poor 'flame pattern' can cause flame impingement and coking. Refinery process heaters are particularly sensitive to this problem, due to the direct negative impact on product throughput and plant revenue as the firing rate must be throttled to avoid equipment damage. According to our analysis, a 3% to 7% loss in firing capacity due to poor flame pattern can cost millions of dollars annually in lost process throughput. Removing this bottleneck could improve plant profitability by between $12 and $28 million per plant, per year. This is of particularly high value because it leverages so much capital plant by increasing capacity."
This latest milestone follows the technology">announcement last June that the Company had achieved NOx levels as low as 15ppm, which is already superior to the NOx reduction performance of most commercially available Low-NOx burners (LNBs) and equivalent or superior to the performance of many Ultra-Low NOx burners (ULNBs) in the market today.
About ClearSign Combustion Corporation
ClearSign Combustion Corporation designs and develops technologies that aim to improve key performance characteristics of combustion systems including energy efficiency, emissions control, fuel flexibility and overall cost effectiveness. Our Electrodynamic Combustion Control (ECC) platform technology improves control of flame shape and heat transfer and optimizes the complex chemical reactions that occur during combustion in order to minimize harmful emissions. For more information about the Company, please visit www.clearsign.com
Cautionary note on forward-looking statements
This press release includes forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Except for historical information contained in this release, statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding our assumptions, projections, expectations, targets, intentions or beliefs about future events that are based on management's belief, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. While we believe that our expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurances that our goals and strategy will be realized. Numerous factors, including risks and uncertainties, may affect our actual results and may cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf. Some of these factors include the acceptance of existing and future products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, general business and economic conditions, and other factors detailed in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed with the SEC. We specifically disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
Dennis S. Dobson, Jr.
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