Advanced Power Control Solutions, LLC (APCS) provides answers to some of the most critical challenge facing the coal-powered electricity generating industry. Coal remains a vital fuel source in the U.S., supplying nearly 40% of our nation's energy base. Coal will continue to be critically important fuel globally for many decades to come.
Coal is an abundant and cost-effective fuel source, but presents costly environmental challenges. Communities across the nation, and throughout the world, grapple with the tradeoff between the growing demand for energy and the protection of the environment. In the U.S., the EPA, has increasingly tightened pollution control standards with the goal of protecting water and air. The often overwhelming burden on the industry to satisfy these strict standards has led to plant closures.
Although abundant, coal is a dirty fuel and some may applaud the closures of such plants, closures and cutbacks result in the loss of jobs and place enormous economic pressure on communities to replace the native power source.
Traditional SCR retrofit technology is expensive, frequently costing a single plant a billion dollars or more to implement. Using our coal while cost-effectively meeting EPA demands is an opportunity for APCS technology and the company's systems make this opportunity a reality.
Moreover, while alternative energy sources are being promoted and increasingly used in the U.S., the rest of the world is increasingly dependent on coal as a primary source of energy generation. The use of our technology globally presents even greater opportunity.
By utilizing existing systems within the furnace environment APCS allows the coal industry to rapidly and cost-effectively reduce the toxic by-products associated with the burning of coal.
APCS's unique HB3? Retrofit Technology provides coal-fired plants with the ability to burn multiple fuels simultaneously. The welcome result is that approximately thirty-percent (30%) of the coal used is displaced with much cleaner natural gas (NG) or natural gas liquids (NGL) and therefore less coal is required to generate the mega-watts needed.
In addition to the Critical Retrofit Technology, APCS has developed patented and proprietary delivery systems that efficiently introduce specially formulated compounds into the furnace that further reduce emissions. One such proprietary compound was developed by NASA to control the enormous toxins emitted during a shuttle launch. These compounds, patented by NASA, repeatedly proved to be extraordinarily effective in lowering the release of pollutants into the atmosphere. These same compounds prove equally effective when introduced into the coal-fired plant environment.
The Space Agency licenses this technology to the FMC Corporation, a leading chemical company, to market these products, and FMC has, in turn, selected APCS technology as the optimal method to effectively deploy these materials into the furnace.
APCS has partnered with Arizona State University's College of Technology and Innovation. The School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, and the Global Institute of Sustainability. This supports APCS's goal to provide cost-effective and needed environmental solutions for coal-fired power facilities. Additionally, APCS was recently honored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners as a Technology Innovation finalist.
APCS is committed to cost-effectively keeping the world's lights on and our environment clean.