May 30, 2007
Oxy-Fuel Combustion Technology saves 73% more fuel

Jupiter Oxygen Corporation has patented an Oxy-Fuel Combustion Technology which is a method/process rather than specific equipment. Oxygen is used with fossil fuel [coal, oil, natural gas] and biomass for combustion, while air is excluded.

The first licensee is an aluminum manufacturing company, that has been using this technology for several years. The Oxy-Fuel technology achieves both dramatic increases in process efficiency as well as remarkable environmental results. Compared with traditional air-fossil fuel methods, the aluminum company saw an average 73% reduction in fuel usage.

The environmental effect has been equally impressive. Since ambient air is excluded, there is a virtual elimination of NOx in the exit gases. Also, there is a significant reduction in other greenhouse gases, except for CO2 which is highly concentrated in the flue gas - making capture easy and therefore far less expensive.

Most importantly, although flame temperatures exceed 4,500°F and reach as high as 5,300°F, process temperatures have been maintained at the same levels as with conventional types of combustion without any damage to existing equipment and without the need for new materials. This technology has been used successfully in commercial operations since 1997. Read