by Tina Olivero

    The Cleanest Burner in the Alberta Oil Sands

    Absolute Combustion International Inc. (ACI) is in the final process of testing and receiving industry standard approvals for a revolutionary low-emission combustion burner system. Absolute Combustion’s burner technology not only aims to increase the energy efficiency of process heating, but also to drastically reduce the emissions of multiple harmful pollutants including NOx and C0 gases.

    Absolute Combustion has reported an incredible NOx emission reduction performance of 16-19PPM, single pass, without the need to re-circulate flue gas. They have also reported zero C0 emissions in their exhaust gas, which is achieved by the Absolute Extreme BurnerTM combustion efficiency of 99.9 percent or greater.

    This may not sound like much, but in reality a dramatic boost in combustion efficiency, along with a major reduction of NOx emissions, show that an unmistakable breakthrough has occurred.

    Nearly two-thirds of global energy consumption is accounted for by the combustion of hydrocarbon and fossil fuels in burners, boilers, and turbines. These systems are used to provide heat for all manners of industrial processes and for building heat.

    “67 percent of global energy is used in combustion. When fossil fuels burn, they produce exhaust gases. In addition to carbon dioxide, which contributes to the greenhouse effect, there are smaller amounts of poisonous carbon monoxide (C0), various nitrogen oxides (NOx), and other airborne pollutants.”

    In order to keep pace with increasing regulatory guidelines for emissions, heavy oil and gas producers are under major pressure to reduce their air pollution emissions.

    Fred Shaw, former partner (P. Eng) of Colt Engineering,  explains the Absolute Combustion innovation as it relates to his business, “Absolute Combustion has invented and developed a burner technology that, when applied to most applications that require heat, such as treaters, separators, plastic extruders, kilns, boilers, etc., will increase energy efficiency, lower emissions and reduce the amount of fuel consumed during normal operation by 10 to 15 percent or more.”

    The first practical applications, for the burner technology ACI is implementing, are in heavy oil production for separators and treaters, line heaters, and SAGD.

    Perfect Burn Environment

    While most current burner technology designs rely on blowing heated or re-circulated air over the point of combustion, Absolute Extreme Burner™ technology uses forced air and/or
    compressed air, injected into their proprietary burner design at the exact point of combustion, to help create a near-perfect burn environment.

    By injecting forced air or compressed air at the exact point of combustion, the air to fuel mixture can be controlled and adjusted, ensuring an optimal mixture, thereby creating the most efficient burn with minimal emission production.

    Absolute Combustion Burner Technology Is Not Impacted by Atmospheric Conditions

    The greatest benefit of their new burner technology is that it is minimally impacted by atmospheric conditions such as elevation, barometric pressure, and temperature; therefore, it can be used in existing industrial applications such as lineheaters (3 MMBTU or larger), separators, treaters, boilers, processors, dehydrators, industrial furnaces, kilns, etc. The Absolute Extreme Burner’s™ ability to directly affect fuel consumption through its high level of efficiency helps to reduce the amount of fuel needed to produce the same outputs as competitive burners. It is anticipated that the Absolute Extreme Burner™ technology will help businesses reduce their fuel consumption without sacrificing efficiency.

    Minimal Flame Impingement in Fire Tube Applications

    The Absolute Extreme Burner™ generates an unprecedented thermal and heat transfer efficiency without the requirement of high fuel pressures. At the same time, it creates a near flameless burn, thereby reducing the ongoing concern regarding flame scorching, flame impingement, or flame by-product build-up.

    Workplace Safety

    The Absolute Extreme Burner™ utilizes low fuel pressure in order to significantly increase workplace safety. When something goes wrong in a high fuel pressure environment, the challenge can become catastrophic. In a low-pressure environment, the danger levels drop significantly.

    The key measurements in Environmental Stewardship as reported by CAPP in the 2010 Responsible Canadian Energy Data include: 1. Air Emissions: NOx, GHG, C02 2. People: Workplace Safety.

    Absolute Combustion is one of the “sustainable” companies that help heavy oil and gas producers achieve significant  performance improvements: environmental sustainability, workplace safety, and economic viability.

    Absolute Combustion firmly believes that we must all take immediate steps to protect the land, the air, and the water we use with reckless abandon, in order to ensure future generations will inherit a healthy planet.

    Get in touch:

    OFFICE: 403.277.2297
    EMAIL: darsell@absolutecombustion.com

    Tina Olivero

    30 years ago, Tina Olivero looked into the future and saw an opportunity to make a difference for her province and people. That difference came in the form of the oil and gas sector. Six years before there was even a drop of oil brought to the shores of Newfoundland, she founded The Oil and Gas Magazine (THE OGM) from a back room in her home on Signal Hill Road, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A single mother, no financing, no previous journalism or oil and gas experience, she forged ahead, with a creative vision and one heck of a heaping dose of sheer determination. With her pioneering spirit, Ms. Olivero developed a magazine that would educate, inspire, motivate and entertain oil and gas readers around the world — She prides herself in marketing and promoting our province and resources in unprecedented ways. The OGM is a magazine that focuses on our projects, our people, our opportunities and ultimately becomes the bridge to new energy outcomes and a sustainable new energy world. Now diversifying into the communications realms, a natural progression from the Magazine, The OGM now offers an entirely new division - Oil & Gas Media. Today, The Oil and Gas Magazine is a global phenomenon that operates not only in Newfoundland, but also in Calgary and is read by oil and gas enthusiasts in Norway, Aberdeen, across the US and as far reaching as Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East. Believing that Energy is everyone’s business, Ms. Olivero has combined energy + culture to embrace the worlds commitment to a balance of work and home life as well as fostering a foundation for health and well being. In this era of growth and development business and lifestyle are an eloquent mix, there is no beginning or end. Partnering with over 90 oil and gas exhibitions and conferences around the world, Ms. Olivero's role as a Global Visionary is to embrace communication in a way that fosters oil and gas business and industry growth in new and creative ways.

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