Category : Industry Updates

HomeArchive by Category "Industry Updates"

Providing Peace of Mind: What Customers Say about ADA Carbon Solutions

ADA Carbon Solutions is entirely focused on providing you with the expert knowledge and long-term solutions needed to stay in compliance. What Makes ADA Carbon Solutions different, is that we are laser focused on the mercury control industry.

We understand the intense pressure that our customers face and we see our mission as helping them to achieve compliance reliably and cost effectively today and tomorrow. What really matters is how our customers feel about our effectiveness in achieving that mission.

Reliable and Cost-Effective Mercury Compliance

We want our customers to have peace of mind with their compliance strategy. That’s why we make it a priority to ask customers how they feel about our services. Recently, we collected customer feedback on our performance and broke down the data into this new graphic. We are excited to share that our customers gave us a 96% peace of mind score regarding their MATS compliance strategy. The survey also revealed

The survey also revealed 10 out of 10 customers were satisfied or very satisfied with our consistency in achieving mercury compliance. Lastly, our team is proud to report 98% of all shipments in 2016 were delivered on time and in full.

See the full survey results below:

Mercury Control Challenges

We approach our mission to provide you with peace of mind by tackling the most difficult mercury control challenges.

Reliable PAC Supply: Mercury control is a challenge on many fronts. You need to secure a supplier who can reliably deliver a product that consistently performs. This is vital to your operational planning and for keeping the balance of your plant’s chemistry intact.

Consistently Achieve Compliance: As an experienced partner, we can ensure you consistently achieve compliance goals. ADA Carbon Solutions is entirely focused on mercury control products, and our team has experience from 180+ full-scale ACI deployments.

Unique Plant Challenges: The experience gained from working with energy utilities, waste-to-energy companies, and industrial boilers means we know what it takes to shape a mercury control strategy that will maximize compatibility with your plant’s specific needs.



MATS and Beyond: The Role of Technology Choices in Present and Future Coal Plant Compliance

Most power generators have completed their technology implementations to comply with the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) regulations. The focus for many plant operators is now on optimizing for specific operational challenges, long-term mercury compliance, and future considerations for CCR and ELG rules.

Read Our Latest Article in Power Engineering Magazine:

Sheila Glesmann and Chethan Acharya discussed these issues and more in the latest issue of Power Engineering. Read the article in full below, and contact us if you have any questions about your plant’s specific needs.


Download this article »

EUEC 2017: Optimizing and Turndown for Long-term Mercury Compliance


ADA Carbon Solutions technical experts will be in attendance at this year’s EUEC conference in San Diego. You can set a time to optimize your plant’s compliance challenges with our experts below.

Join Our Presentation February 8th at EUEC

C2.1 Optimizing & Turndown of Mercury Control Reagents under MATS
Wednesday. Feb 8th | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Room 3

Session Sponsor & Co-Chair: Joe Wong
Presenter: Robert Huston
Track C: Mercury Control | Room #3

Coal-fired power plants have been complying with MATS for one to two years and there have been many opportunities to optimize both systems and sorbents. Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC) is commonly used for mercury control and provides a stable capture media for mercury. Plants have taken a variety of approaches, resulting in successful compliance with improved PAC performance and reliable mercury control. PAC developments continue, providing solutions to more challenging objectives in planning for integrated compliance with ELG & CCR requirements and other changes to plant operations.

Compliance & Beyond: Talk With An Expert!

Beyond compliance, many plants are concerned about the balance of their system’s chemistry, ash resale value, and long-term optimization. Set a time to chat with one of our experts to discuss your plant’s optimization needs.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

MATS and Beyond: The Role of Technology Choices in Present and Future Coal Plant Compliance

The ADA team has published a new article on Power Engineering, covering new technologies to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s MATS standards as they are completed.  Compliance with these standards is important, and companies must rely on emissions monitoring and reporting to measure the effectiveness of their compliance technology.

Head over to read the full article for an in-depth look at technology options available to keep coal plants in compliance with mercury regulations.

Introducing FastPAC™ Platinum: Next Generation Powdered Activated Carbon Engineered for Mercury Control

ADA Carbon Solutions is committed to helping coal-fired power plants comply with mercury regulation in the most reliable and cost-effective way. We understand that each power plant has unique characteristics that must be considered in engineering the most optimal PAC and that the impact of that solution on the balance of the plant is an important consideration.

That is why we collaborate with customers to engineer the best overall solution to complex air quality control challenges. We began in 2011, by introducing our FastPAC™ line of products which demonstrated up to 60% improvement over the first generation PACs used for mercury capture.

Since then, we have continued to improve our performance for cement compatibility, performance in higher temperatures and compatibility in a variety of flue gas environments.

Our ongoing efforts have come together to create another step change in performance. These products are called FastPAC™ Platinum.

Maximizing Contact, Conversion, and Capture.

ADA Carbon Solutions takes a scientific approach toward product design with a focus on maximizing the contact, conversion, and capture of mercury. As a result, performance is reliable and consistent over time and minimizes balance of plant concerns.

3X Improved Mercury Removal Capability

Our patent-pending FastPAC™ Platinum line of products have up to 3+ times mercury removal capability as demonstrated in our proprietary Dynamic Mercury Index test compared to FastPAC™ Premium.

38% Reduction in PAC Usage WITH DSI

FastPAC™ Platinum reduced PAC usage by 38% at a 600-megawatt midwest utility using sodium-based DSI.

80+% HG Removal in Presence of High SO3

FastPAC™ Platinum 80 is designed for high concentrations of SO3 in flue gas. It has demonstrated 80+% mercury removal at SO3 levels up to 25 ppm.

To learn more about FastPAC™ Platinum and get in touch with one of our compliance experts with your questions, be sure to visit our powdered activated carbon product page.

Build A Reliable Mercury Compliance Supply Chain

With all the uncertainty coal-fired power plants face, how can you ever find peace-of-mind with your MATS compliance strategy?

Reliability has always been an important term in the power industry. As the operation and utilization of coal-fired power has come under greater pressure, the demand for supply chain reliability has evolved to include responsiveness. Today more than ever, coal fired power plants are under pressure, caught between higher cost of operation and lower electricity prices.

This has led many power plants to operate more seasonally, producing and selling power when prices justify it. Coal-fired plants that have historically been base load units are now often operating in response to sometimes sudden and unanticipated peaks in demand and pricing creating new operational challenges.

That’s why we’ve created this go-to strategy guide to educate utilities on the best strategies to secure a reliable supply chain.

“During last year’s polar vortex, demand for our units skyrocketed. This resulted in us consuming 4 times the normal amount of PAC over a several week period. Fortunately, ADA Carbon Solutions had the supply chain network in place to respond. They did not miss a shipment, despite our dramatic increase in demand, and we were able to remain on-line without interruption.” – Midwest Utility Customer

Supply Chain Assurance

Many powdered activated carbon users worry about the supply / demand relationship that is expected to evolve over the next two years as the industry as a whole becomes compliant with MATS. While many of these discussions focus on aggregate demand and supply scenarios on an annual basis the real risk is more seasonally driven and requires a more granular analysis.

Savvy carbon buyers recognize this risk and include a detailed assessment of the supply chain for each of their prospective carbon providers as part of their assessment and buying decision.

Learn more about the best methods to secure a reliable supply chain in our supply chain assurance guide.

Mercury Capture in High SO₃ Environments

It is well known that sulfur trioxide (SO₃) impairs the mercury capture performance of powdered activated carbons. When in the presence of high SO₃ levels, early generation PACs have a limited ability to contact mercury particles, convert them into an oxidized state, and capture them for removal.

In response to this challenge, you can leverage new technology that outperforms traditional solutions in the presence of high sulfur trioxide levels. Our team has extensively researched new PAC technologies that can help you achieve compliance reliably and cost-effectively in the presence of SO3.

Don’t Let SO3 Put You At Risk For Non-Compliance

New PAC technology is capable of improving mercury capture by 80% over traditional products in the presence of SO₃ thanks to our stepwise mechanistic advancements. We have experience on full-scale EGU’s where SO₃ was present at levels above 50 ppm. You can learn more about how we’ve achieved these advancements by accessing the research at ComplianceCampus.

Learn more about how we’ve achieved these advancements by accessing our free research at ComplianceCampus.

Fly Ash Consistency: The Key to Fly Ash Re-selling

Ash disposal costs for power generators and combustors are rising as a result of new rules and requirements from the EPA. Sale of fly ash for beneficial use offers utilities an opportunity to avoid high landfill costs and in many cases create a separate revenue stream.

However, demand for ash in the cement industry falls well short of the amount produced every year creating a market where the fly ash brokers can be selective in terms of fly ash quality and consistency.

We have had ongoing collaboration efforts with many current utilities selling their ash along with fly ash marketing companies. It has become clear that the highest priority for gaining reliable sales of fly ash is fly ash consistency.

We have designed PAC products that are optimized for properties important to achieve sellable ash, but as or maybe even more importantly, help the utility achieve those desirable ash properties consistently over time.

In this presentation, we will walk you through the many drivers and specifics required by these buyers. We can help you optimize ash quality and ensure consistency so that the marketability of your fly ash is preserved.

Quality and Consistency: The Keys to Preserving Ash Marketability

Advanced products have been engineered to provide greater responsiveness and reactivity for mercury capture. As a result, many customers operate with static or consistent injection rates and those that modify injection rates to manage fuel variability or other emission control challenges find that smaller modifications in injection rate are needed to impact mercury emissions. What all this means to the utility is more consistent carbon content in the fly ash and more reliable ash quality to the fly ash broker.

ADA Carbon Solutions has experience and research from dozens of plants who have addressed this challenge. If you are interested in learning more about our Quality and Consistency programs refer to this presentation on Compliance Campus – our resource library designed to store and distribute best practices and lessons learned from hundreds of full-scale plant tests and commercial deployments.


Testing PAC Performance for Mercury Compliance on Cemnet

US cement plants are now under pressure due to recent legislation. Many plants are now scrambling to tighten up their mercury control procedures. Luckily, ADA Carbon Solutions’ Dynamic Mercury Index test has been developed to ensure consistent quality of sorbents used in activated carbon injection.


Standard industry tests for activated carbon are not specifically adapted for mercury control applications. The Dynamic Mercury Index test is developed to specifically measure PAC performance in mercury control use cases.

You can learn more about Dynamic Mercury Control and how it can deliver better results for your plant in this paper by Chris Vizcaino and Sheila Glesmann hosted on

The US Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) mercury (Hg) limit is regulated to 55lb Hg/Mt clinker on a 30-day rolling average. To stay in compliance with these limits, many cement plants carry out dry injection of powdered activated carbon (PAC) into the flue gas stream in a process known as activated carbon injection (ACI).

Each cement plant comes with its own set of unique challenges and the Dynamic Mercury Index test provides the findings necessary to make mercury compliance performance tweaks specific to your application.

To get full access to our paper on Dynamic Mercury Control and learn how to best test your mercury compliance systems, head over to where our article is being featured.