AIChE & A&WMA Web Forum: Electricity and the Environment: Existing U.S. Coal-Fired Generation and Future Technologies

Originally delivered Sep 18, 2014
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Electricity generated by fossil fuel is a generally stable and low-cost commodity. Globally, electricity is being utilized in more areas of life than ever before, and the environmental impact of its generation is minimized through various technologies.  This web forum reviews those technologies for both the researcher as well as the practicing engineer, including generation, non-catalytic and catalytic reduction of NOx, electrostatic precipitation, fabric filtration, desulfurization and acid gas control, and mercury control.  Many of these technologies are inter-related, and the focus is on the system as whole.   While these unit operations are sufficient for existing electricity generation, future technology development is also be discussed.


Dr. Richard Siegel

Richard D. Siegel, Ph.D., is an environmental consultant with over 40 years of experience focused on risk management for a wide variety of chemical, petrochemical pharmaceutical, and government clients. He is President of R & B Consulting Services where he specializes in assisting firms in marketing and selling their EHS&S services. Dick started this company in 2003 after an extensive career working for environmental services organizations with particular focus on air quality related matters.
Dick serves in the lead role between AIChE and the Air and Waste Management Association. He is responsible for establishing the current web forum series and the joint workshop series hosted by both organizations. Dick was chair of the task force responsible for reestablishing AIChE’s presence in Washington, DC and is currently Programming Board Vice-Chair and Air Section Chair of the Environmental Division.
Dick received a B.S. (1964) and M.S. (1966) in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University (1969).



Noah Meeks

Noah D. Meeks is a Research Engineer at Southern Company, one of the country’s largest electric utilities and an industry leader in electric power research and innovation. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Kentucky University in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Kentucky in 2012, under the direction of Prof. DB Bhattacharyya.

Since joining Southern Company after graduation, Dr. Meeks has led research efforts for environmental controls on coal-based electric power generation.  These include development of mercury sorbent technology,...Read more

Jerrad Thomas

Mr. Jerrad Thomas is the carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration projects manager at Southern Company. He oversees carbon capture projects at the large pilot scale spanning a range of technologies, which are located at host sites throughout the Southern Company network. He previously held positions as project manager and project engineer at Forsythe and Long Engineering, a design/build engineering firm in north Alabama, and he holds two bachelor of science degrees from the University of Alabama, one in chemical engineering and one in physics. Currently, he is pursuing his...Read more

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