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Mercury Measurement in Combustion
Flue Gases Short Course

Short Course Summary

The Mercury Measurement in Combustion Flue Gases Short Course (CMM Short Course) was held twice consecutively in 2005 at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) on September 12-14 and September 14-16. The short course was designed to train personnel who have an interest in measuring mercury in combustion flue gases and provided information as to what methods to use and under what circumstances to use them. Most importantly, the short course provided attendees with the knowledge necessary to avoid the many pitfalls that can and do occur when measuring mercury in combustion flue gases.

Opportunities were promoted for interaction between attendees and EERC research personnel to discuss specific mercury measurement problems that have been encountered. The number of participants was limited to facilitate this interaction.

The EERC has, as its foundation, world-renowned expertise in mercury measurement and the use of continuous mercury monitors (CMMs). Several of the EERC presenters have over 20 years of experience in coal-fired power generation and 10 years of mercury measurement experience. The Ontario Hydro (OH) method was validated at the EERC, and ASTM International procedures were written by EERC personnel.

Training Course Demographics
These two sessions of the CMM Short Course combined attracted a diverse group of 18 attendees representing 11 organizations and eight states. Attendees represented the following job functions:
Engineers33%
Instrumentation technicians28%
Operators5.5%
Environment Management28%
Others5.5%

Attendee Comments
"Great job. Every company planning to measure mercury needs to take this course!"
"This course really gave me a perspective on what is involved with these methods/instruments and what you really need to look for!"
 

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