What if a cost-effective air pollution control technology could actually increase energy efficiency? What if it were possible to prevent harmful emissions from the combustion of any fuel, including gas, biomass, coal — even tire-derived fuel and municipal solid waste — in the flame, before those pollutants were ever formed?
This is the promise of ClearSign’s Electrodynamic Combustion Control™.
ClearSign ECC™: The Future of Fire
We are developing a revolutionary new technology that promises to improve key performance characteristics of industrial combustion systems including energy efficiency, emissions control, fuel flexibility and overall cost effectiveness. ECC™ can be used anywhere there is a flame, regardless of fuel type, in the world’s commercial, industrial and utility combustion systems.
Nearly two-thirds of global energy consumption is accounted for by combustion of hydrocarbon and other fuels in boilers, furnaces, kilns and turbines. These systems are used to generate electrical power, to provide heat for all manner of industrial processes and for building heat. They produce more than 50 quadrillion British thermal units (Btus) of energy annually in the U.S. In order to maximize energy efficiency while keeping pace with regulatory guidelines for air pollution emissions, operators of these systems are continually installing, maintaining and upgrading a variety of costly process control, air pollution control and monitoring systems.
Our Electrodynamic Combustion Control technology introduces a computer-controlled electric field into the combustion zone to improve control of flame shape and heat transfer. This same technique can also be used to optimize the complex chemical reactions that occur during combustion in order to minimize harmful emissions while maximizing system efficiency.
While our technology can be applied at any scale, the potential cost savings and economic benefits to operators of large-scale combustion systems are considerable. ECC is, to our knowledge, the only combustion technology that exists today that has the ability to simultaneously improve emissions control performance and meet regulatory standards, while yielding a significant increase in energy efficiency. ECC can be adapted to various fuel types and multiple system sizes and configurations, and can be deployed on both a retrofit and new-build basis.