While the drivers for energy and environment can appear mutually exclusive, the application of industrial gases and advanced separation technology can both improve energy efficiency and enable lower emissions in power applications. As the world’s leader in industrial gases, Air Products is uniquely qualified to support this industry as it aims to achieve these goals.
For decades, we have supported the power industry itself through a variety of offerings including plant services, industrial gas for IGCC’s and photovoltaics (supporting generation). As a power producer ourselves, we are in the position to experience the market changes and trends at our facilities, and respond to them, such as at our Stockton, CA facility, where we are co-firing biomass to lower the overall CO2 footprint.
We have also supported power within other industries via efficiency efforts (offerings such as Oxyfuel for the steel, glass; cement industries where our technology improves efficiency and increases production, lowers fuel consumption, and as a result lowers both NOx and CO2.) We are extending this understanding of oxyfuel technology to support the power industry as they look to address CO2 emissions, through development of an oxyfuel-based CO2 capture offering targeted to coal-fired power plants.