Evaluation of nitric oxide removal from simulated flue gas by Fe(II)EDTA/Fe(II)citrate mixed absorbents

Nan Liu, Bi Hong Lu, Shi Han Zhang, Jin Lin Jiang, Ling Lin Cai, Wei Li, Yi He

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Fe(II)EDTA is an effective absorbent for the integrated chemical absorption-biological reduction system in removing nitric oxide (NO) from flue gas. However, this absorbent is subject to some defects, such as oxidation by oxygen. In order to overcome this drawback, instead of using Fe(II)EDTA solely, a mixed absorbent containing both Fe(II)EDTA and Fe(II)Cit (Cit = citrate) is employed to absorb NO from simulated flue gas. The mixed absorbent not only shows a high NO absorption capacity similar to a Fe(II)EDTA absorbent, but also exhibits high NO absorption rate and good resistance to oxidation in simulated flue gas. This mixed absorbent can maintain 80% NO removal efficiency at 323 K for more than two hours at an inlet NO concentration of 670 mg·m -3, which is almost as effective as the Fe(II)EDTA absorbent at the same Fe(II) concentration. The oxidation rate constant of Fe(II) in the mixed absorbent is also slower than that in the Fe(II)EDTA absorbent. The optimal molar ratio of Fe(II)Cit to Fe(II)EDTA in the mixed absorbent was found to be 3:1. The effects of several key factors for NO removal, such as the inlet concentrations of NO (200-670 mg·m -3), O 2 (1-6.5%), and SO 3 2- (0-43 mg·L -1) and the pH of the mixed absorbent, have been studied. Interestingly, results seem to suggest that SO 3 2- is beneficial for the removal of NO in the system. These findings provide fundamental data for the design of NO removal system for industrial applications with mixed Fe(II)EDTA/Fe(II)Cit absorbent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4910-4916
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy and Fuels
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 16 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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