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Thermo Fisher has announced a more compact and cost-efficient solution for refineries and related facilities seeking to meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sulphur emission regulations.

Originally introduced as a two-analyser system, the Thermo Scientific Sola II Flare has been redesigned as a single analyser system for continuous monitoring of sulphur emissions.

It offers a dynamic measurement range of 10ppm to 95 per cent of volume, enabling determination of the exact amount of sulphur emitted as well as the duration of the flaring event.

Since the introduction of the Sola II Flare, Thermo Fisher has installed several two-analyser systems in California refineries to help in compliance with Rule 1118 of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

The redesigned single-analyser system has a much smaller footprint, requires less maintenance and uses less utility and carrier gases, claims Thermo Fisher.

Thermo Fisher and Mangan, a systems integrator with extensive experience in environmental monitoring of flares, have partnered to provide refineries with a complete flare emission monitoring solution.

After collaborating with Thermo Fisher Scientific following the SCAQMD ruling, Mangan gained an understanding of how to integrate the Sola II Flare into existing plant infrastructures to expedite start-ups and minimise potential downtime.

‘Up to this point, refineries often reported sulphur emission estimates or averages during a flaring event without having real data to substantiate them,’ said Amin Solehjou, managing director at Mangan.

‘After our work with Thermo Fisher in California, we realised that the online monitoring of the Sola II Flare enabled actual sulphur quantities to be recorded, even at very low levels.

‘We trust its performance and believe it is the right analyser for customers who need reliable, real-time measurements.’ The Sola Flare is backed by 30 years of analyser engineering expertise and Thermo Fisher Scientific’s worldwide service and support network.

Thermo Fisher Scientific (Process Instruments)

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