I am sure many of you have seen the effects of air pollution at some stage in your life. I know I have, on many occasions, but there is one experience that really sticks in my mind. A few years ago I was at the Grand Canyon, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, and there, in the middle of this beautiful scenery, I was appalled to see a heavy pollution haze hanging in the air. It was then I knew, if it can happen there, it can happen anywhere and that air pollution is something we all need to take very seriously.
Here at Solvay, we have been providing solutions to clean up the air quality in industrial zones for over 25 years. We use our sodium bicarbonate-based solutions, which react rapidly with acid gases and are able to remove very high levels of pollutants when used in a Dry Sorbent Injection designed system (DSI).
In 2005 we established SOLVAir®, our global division that provides sustainable sodium bicarbonate- and Trona-based environmental solutions for air emissions.
The deal was signed in November 2014, and we were up and running with a temporary solution by March 2015. The permanent facility will be completed by the end of this year.
Another benefit of setting up the facilities at ORA is that we are able to ensure that our client has a steady stock pile of SOLVAir® milled product available at all times, something that would not be financially viable for them to be doing alone on their site. As well as securing the partnership with ORA to build a new facility, we also signed a deal with a local trucking company to supply new trucks specifically for the delivery from ORA to the customer site.
Having ORA as our partner is the very best solution for both the customer and Solvay.
Of course, power plants are not the only source of air pollution in the world. But my view is, if you can clean up the power plants you are already significantly reducing air pollution. It is crucial that this same attitude translates into some of the other industrialized nations that are now beginning to adopt this. I am happy to say that we are seeing a lot of interest from the Latin America region and also across Asia.
My hope is, that once the industrial companies see how easy it is and relatively inexpensive from a capital expenditure standpoint, there will be no barriers to achieving this level of emission control in all corners of the world. It really is time for the global industry to take notice and to clean up the skies. SOLVAir® Solutions are designed for supporting them in this transformation.