Emissions monitoring market to exceed $583 million

Paul Boughton

The market for continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) to measure pollutants discharged from stacks will rise to $583 million/yr in 2009.

The total monitoring market including ambient monitoring and stack testing will reach the $ billion level worldwide in 2009. These are the conclusions provided in Air Pollution Monitoring and Sampling World Marketsan online continuously updated market report provided by the McIlvaine Company.

The reason that the CEMS market in 2009 will be $137 million/yr higher than the $446 million in 2005 is due primarily to increased activity in coal-fired power generation. This includes the construction of many new coal-fired plants in China and the US.

But even strong advocates of greenhouse gas reduction such as the UK and Germany are also planning to build new coal-fired plants. So there will be a surge in new coal-fired generation across the world.

Another big factor is the retrofitting of NOx and SO2 control equipment at existing power plants in Eastern EuropeChinaand the US. Each of these installations will require additional monitors to aid in process control.

While China and the US will be the biggest purchasersmany countries will also be retrofitting systems to remove NOx and SO2. In countries such as Chile where there are conversions back from natural gas to coalthe CEMS needs will be extensive.

The coal-fired boiler Mercury CEMS market will account for as much as 10 per cent of the total market over the next few years. Mercury control requirements for power plants in the US will necessitate CEMS.

In factwith the trading value of mercury likely to exceed $40 000/lbthere will be the justification of redundant mercury CEMS.

The gas turbine CEMS market was bigger than any other in 2000. But this market has declined rapidly and is not expected to regain the lost ground.

The waste incineration CEMS market is slated to grow steadily. Because of the many pollutants which must be measuredCEMS can exceed $500 000 for a single incinerator.

This market is growing rapidly in Europe and Asia although it has not progressed in the US. Howeverthe concept of biomass as renewable energy source could result in a policy change.

Over the next five years more countries will turn to mass monitoring to replace the present opacity systems. Opacity monitors have long served to provide rough indications of particulate emissions. But with the tight limits now place on emittersmass monitors provide the only solution for accurate measurement. 

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