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John has worked on my projects as a boiler specialist. We have hired John and Lipten two times, and are in the process of developing a third project.

Both times John has provide valuable advice and service to help us to convert boilers from coal to natural gas, to engineer a new economizer for an existing boiler, and to help us develop a plan for a boiler at the end of it's lifecycle.

John's attention to detail, and timely advice has made Lipten our supplier of choice for boiler systems. John has provided complete lifecycle support from capital planning to execution of replacement systems.

—Project Manager, General Motors


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Friday, December 9, 2011
Boiler MACT: Is Now the Time to Convert Industrial and Institutional Coal Boilers to Natural Gas?

The EPA has determined that more stringent emissions limitations for coal boilers will be enforced. While the EPA has not yet set the deadline for compliance, it is certain that stringent emissions limitations WILL come; it is just a matter of WHEN.

With the deadlines for MACT compliance not yet determined, why act now? The Lipten engineering team has been tracking legislation, fuel pricing, boiler technology and other considerations. They have identified the following compelling reasons to consider converting coal boilers to fire natural gas without waiting for MACT rules finalization:

1. MACT Compliance – Legislation passed in March of 2011 imposed more stringent limitations relating to emission of HCL, PM, CO, Hg, and dioxin/furan. Boilers that fire natural gas fuel (which is inherently low in these emissions) will meet all pending emissions limitations. Converting to natural gas is much cheaper than extensive flue gas scrubbing equipment that would be required to achieve MACT compliance when firing coal.

2. Future High Demand – The expected increase in demand for Energy Center engineering and equipment will mean long production queues at the factories. Waiting could put projects at the end of the queue. Elementary economics dictates that high demand for equipment will equal higher prices.

3. Potential Cost Savings – Depending on the existing systems and local fuel prices, natural gas may be a less costly alternative to operating a coal boiler system.

4. Natural Gas Availability and Price – Since 2008, over 100 years worth of natural gas has been discovered within the United States. This equates to a reliable fuel supply at competitive rates.

5. Avoid Coal Handling, Storage and Runoff Costs & Liabilities – Costs including staff to turn and transport coal piles, maintain coal handling equipment, and prevent runoff can be avoided.

6. Pending Coal Ash Legislation – Pending legislation may classify coal ash as a hazardous material. This would have significant costs associated with the handling and disposal of ash.

7. Go Green! – Natural Gas is considered a clean fuel. Burning natural gas emits approximately half as much carbon dioxide as burning coal. Not only may it be cheaper to operate a natural gas boiler facility, it can improve the company’s image by reducing the carbon footprint.

Lipten has decades of experience in coal to gas boiler conversions. In fact, Lipten pioneered the vertical fired boiler conversion concept specifically suited to the geometry of stoker fired boilers. We pride ourselves with being experts in such boiler conversions.

Lipten Company is an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) firm that specializes in Central Energy Plant (CEP) General Contracting. Lipten also has a controls group that provides traditional and custom control solutions. Lipten provides steam generation, power generation, chilled water systems, compressed air systems, water treatment systems, controls and related Energy Center equipment and services. Lipten’s level of support can vary from an advisory role to complete turn-key facility construction. Services include: design, engineering, drafting (CAD), equipment specifications, procurement, installation, construction management, site audits, start-up, operator training and maintenance.

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