URS and W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Bring New Mercury Control Technology to Coal-Fired Power Industry
AUSTIN, TX —
July 12, 2012 —
URS Corporation has joined with W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. to commercialize a new mercury control technology for the coal-fired power industry.
URS has become an authorized integrator of the GORE® Mercury Control System for power applications, which enables the utility industry to comply with upcoming mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) regulation. Integrating the GORE Mercury Control System into an existing FGD system provides a cost-competitive solution for MATS compliance, while offering a secondary benefit of further SOx reduction, where needed.
“The GORE Mercury Control System is a game changer. It provides outstanding performance for both Hg and SO2 while preserving the quality of the fly ash without requiring injection of chemicals such as activated carbon and bromides,” explained Jonas Klingspor, URS Vice President.
Based on a novel sorbent polymer composite (SPC) material developed by Gore, the GORE Mercury Control System provides both high efficiency and a high capacity for removing elemental and oxidized mercury from flue gas streams. Due to the unique chemistry used, the SPC material is insensitive to process or material changes that impact mercury speciation and to common sorbent “poisons” such as SOx and VOCs. This allows the SPC to continually reduce mercury and SO2 concentrations in a gas stream for long periods of time before needing replacement.
As an authorized integrator of Gore’s technology, URS is able to offer solutions to mercury emissions problems at power plants around the world. "Gore is excited to be partnered with URS, whose experience in the coal-fired power markets provides tremendous credibility. They have been involved in pilot-testing for the past several years and have seen the potential of the new technology for both mercury control and SOx reduction. The GORE Mercury Control System is also a complementary addition to URS' strong portfolio of emissions control solutions," according to Jeff Kolde, Gore Business Leader.
About URS Corporation
URS Corporation is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. The Company offers a full range of program management; planning, design and engineering; systems engineering and technical assistance; construction and construction management; operations and maintenance; information technology; and decommissioning and closure services. URS provides services for power, infrastructure, industrial, oil and gas, and federal projects and programs. Headquartered in San Francisco, URS has approximately 56,000 employees in a network of offices in nearly 50 countries (www.urs.com
About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Gore is a leading manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for the electronics, fabrics, industrial and medical markets. Perhaps best known for its waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio features a diverse array of innovations, including everything from guitar strings to life-saving cardiovascular devices. Gore is the inventor of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane and has developed numerous high performance materials for industrial and other uses. Gore is headquartered in Newark, DE, posts annual sales of over $3 billion, and employs over 9,000 associates in 30 countries worldwide. It is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings were introduced in 1984 (www.gore.com