Honeywell opens first facility in China to test flare emissions

SHANGHAI — Honeywell UOP announced that its Callidus Technologies business began operation of China’s only facility capable of testing flare emissions for volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. The test center in Luoyang, Henan Province, aids customers that are working to reduce emissions of VOCs in industrial flare systems and improve flare operation.

Photo courtesy of Honeywell.
Photo courtesy of Honeywell.

The Callidus Luoyang Combustion Research and Development Center is the largest test facility of its kind in Asia. Its design and testing methodology was developed by Callidus in conjunction with the US Environmental Protection Agency, resulting in a significant improvement over industrial design requirements.

Flare VOC emissions can be reduced by controlling combustion performance. The destruction and removal efficiency—or DRE—of flare gas is measured as a percentage of total hydrocarbons removed or destroyed by the flare. This is one of the key factors to measuring the performance of flare VOC emissions because it represents how well the flare performs.

The test facility confirms that the DRE of Callidus flare tips exceeds 99.5%, resulting in a 75% reduction in VOC emissions and exceeding standard industrial design requirements of 98% of DRE.

As China enacts stricter environmental regulations, Callidus’ capabilities in flare technology make it possible for its customers to comply with those regulations and better ensure sound environmental practices. Until this test center was commissioned, testing of this kind was not performed in China.

Honeywell UOP has an 80-yr history in China, beginning in 1937 when it helped build one of China’s first refineries in Yumen, Gansu Province. It was among the first American companies invited back to China during the 1970s to modernize the Chinese petroleum industry. More recently, Honeywell UOP hydroprocessing and Platforming technology has helped China develop cleaner-burning transportation fuels to combat air pollution.

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