System for the Removal of NOX and SO2 from Incinerator Effluents, Part 2
Incineration is a promising method for converting biomass and human waste into CO2 and H2O during extended planetary exploration. During incineration, however, small amounts of NOx and SO2 are produced and must be removed. TDA Research, Inc. (TDA) has developed a safe and effective process to remove NOx and SO2 from waste incinerator product gas streams. In our process, NO is oxidized into NO2 with high selectivity. The NO2 is then removed by wet scrubbing with a weak base to form an innocuous water solution of nitrates and nitrites. SO2 will be removed by a packed bed containing a basic sorbent developed at TDA. As part of an SBIR Phase II project, TDA is to design and construct a pilot-scale effluent cleaning system to be coupled with an existing waste incinerator at NASA Ames Research Center. The effluent from this incinerator may contain fly ash, SO2, unburned hydrocarbons, CO, and NOx.