CARB Approves First Commercially Ready
Ship Emissions Capturing System
A New Alternative to Shore Power, METS-1 Developed at Port of Los Angeles Captures 90 Percent of At-Berth Emissions
Owosso, MI. July 1, 2015. California Air Resources Board (CARB) has approved the first commercially ready ship emissions capturing system, the Maritime Emissions Treatment System (METS).
The METS-1 is a first-generation system. It is mounted and deployed from a barge that is positioned alongside ships berthed at the Port of Los Angeles. The system is positioned over vessels' smoke stacks and captures and treats more than 90 percent of particulate (PM), NOx, SO2, and related diesel pollutants emitted. The proprietary treatment technology was developed by Tri-Mer Corporation, the world's largest supplier of catalytic ceramic filter systems, in collaboration with Clean Air Engineering-Maritime (San Pedro, CA). CAE-Maritime provides an alternative to shore power at berths for ocean-going vessels that cannot or choose not to use shore power.
METS is the first CARB-approved alternative to "plugging in" to shore-side power -- also called cold-ironing or Alternative Maritime Power -- which is the current standard for meeting California's "Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Auxiliary Diesel Engines Operated on Ocean-Going Vessels At-Berth in a California Port" (At-Berth) regulation. Since January 1, 2014, vessel operators not complying with the regulation run the risk of significant fines.
The METS-1 is expected to have an immediate, direct and positive impact on the communities surrounding the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Given the high number of ships in the world's fleet without cold-ironing capability, the METS system could have a profound impact on the entire shipping industry, as well as the global environment.
The Port of Los Angeles has been a leader in development of technologies to control at-berth emissions. More than a decade ago, the Port of Los Angeles pioneered development of Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) for cargo ships. Today, 24 berths at the Port of Los Angeles are equipped for shore power, the most of any port in the world. AMPing at berth eliminates upwards of a ton of NOx emissions per vessel per 24-hour period. Similar results have been demonstrated by the new METS alternative.
The CARB testing, which began last year, included performance evaluations of the METS on five separate vessels for a minimum of 200 hours. CARB approved the system by Executive Order on June 26, 2015. (http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/rss/displaypost.php?pno=8637).
Partial funding for the METS project came from a $1.5 million grant from the Port of Los Angeles's Technology Advancement Program (TAP) to TraPac, LLC, a container terminal located in the Port of Los Angeles.
See the METS in action here.
Details about the technology here.
- Tri-Mer, a world leader in glass emissions technology, been awarded another glass industry project, this time in the L.A. basin. This brings the number of Tri-Mer Ceramic Catalyst Filter projects in the glass industry to 10. This project will meet EPA requirements and participate in the South Coast AQMD program for reducing NOx, (the NOx RECLAIM program.)
RECLAIM is a new approach to air quality regulation. The program has the potential to clean air more effectively than traditional regulations by harnessing the power of the marketplace. For businesses, RECLAIM means greater flexibility and a financial incentive to reduce air pollution beyond what clean air laws and traditional command-and-control rules require. For the public, RECLAIM means guaranteed annual reductions in air pollution.
The South Coast region, the smoggiest in the nation, is required to achieve federal clean air health standards. Because RECLAIM offers financial incentives to reduce emissions, it is expected to reach that goal at a lower cost with increased flexibility. It requires industries and businesses to cut their emissions by a specific amount each year, resulting in a 70% reduction for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and a 60% reduction for sulfur oxides (SOx).
- Boiler MACT compliance. The American
Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) has awarded Tri-Mer and its
fellow team members the Grand Place Award for Engineering Excellence,
Energy Production Category. Tri-Mer supplied a Ceramic Catalyst Filter System to control boiler emissions - PM, NOx, CO, HCl, SO2, and mercury -
for the University of Iowa. The ceramic filter system can be configured
to remove acid gases, including SO2 and HCl, as well as mercury and
- University of Iowa biomass boiler
project completed. The project incorporates a Ceramic Catalyst filter system for Boiler MACT compliance on particulate, NOx, and
CO. The selection of the state-of-the-art
Tri-Mer ceramic filter technology indicates the high value placed on the quality of the environment.
- Tri-Mer delivered papers and
exhibited at three biomass and coal
International Biomass in St. Louis,
Southeast Biomass in Atlanta, and
CIBO in Portland. The focus was
on using Tri-Mer's Catalytic and Non-Catalytic Ceramic Filter Systems for the control of PM, SO2,
HCl, NOx, dioxins, and CO.
- Tri-Mer has completed the first of two
projects for control of PM, NOx, and dioxins following existing thermal oxidation equipment. The firms are Fortune 100 and Fortune 100 Fastest Growing companies in the high tech sector.