“Pollution is nothing but resources we’re not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
Industrial Livestock and Poultry Farming
Swine, poultry, and egg production facilities have a focus on animal health by ensuring certain air quality standards within the houses, however, few restrictions if any force emissions standards. This lack of oversight has caused pollutants such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide to pollute communities making the local populace sick and have contaminated water sources such as the Chesapeake Bay. MOVA’s customizable technology will be implemented to improve community relations, reduce odors, and improve the health of surrounding ecosystems.
Fossil Fuel Energy Production
Coal and natural gas produce over 60% of America’s energy in 2019 and contribute almost 98% of electric power sector CO2 emissions, without any cost effective carbon capture technology. Coal emits SO2, NOx, and particulate matter, most are filtered successfully, but the success creates another less known, extremely dangerous toxic mess. The pollutants are no longer emitted in the atmosphere, but are now leaching into the ground water where slurry ponds are located. For coal-and-oil-fired power plants to meet mercury and air toxics standards (MATS), the costs range from $7.4 to $9.6 billion annually. MOVA’s panel-bed is the cost-effective filter that will reduce the cost of filtration and add high quantifiable recycling benefits. Keeping the toxins out of the air and our of ground water.
The Shipping Industry
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) implemented regulations on Jan 1, 2020 that decreased the allowable sulfur in shipping fuel from 3.5% to 0.5% in order to abate the environmental impact of cargo, cruise, and other ships around the world. This change has hit the cash-strapped shipping industry hard as they are faced with three options: installing scrubbers, switch to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Engines, or switch to Marine Grade Oil (MGO) which meets the low sulfur regulations. Each option comes with significant increases in costs, and some with uncertain regulatory compliance within the future. MOVA’s compact panel-bed and novel solid sorbent operating concept presents a unique potential solution to provide high capture efficiencies in a smaller, less expensive footprint.
Direct Air Capture
The correlation between increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and rising global temperatures has caused countries throughout the world to focus on reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. One way to quell this trend is through negative emission technology (NET), and this case, direct air capture to pull CO2 out of the ambient environment away from direct pollution sites addressing disperse sources of CO2 such as vehicle exhaust and factory operations. Current technologies require a lot of energy preventing an economical capture of CO2. The panel-bed offers a unique ability with its low energy requirement to provide for the economical capture of CO2 through low operating costs and the selling of captured CO2.