Power plant scrubber gets positive review

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The Neumann Systems technology that cleans sulfur dioxide from coal-fired power plants got a thumbs up from the Electric Power Research Institute, clearing the way for the company to enter a contract with Colorado Springs Utilities and to market the technology to other utility companies.

“They said the plant operated as advertised, and the device was ready to be developed for commercial use,” said David Neumann, owner of Neumann Systems and creator of the technology.

The company’s NeuStream scrubber is capturing 90 percent of sulfur dioxide produced at the Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs. The plant is operated by CSU, which spent abut $17 million testing and developing the equipment over the past three years.

EPRI’s full report is confidential, Neumann said, but he said it concluded that the equipment worked as billed.

Neumann Systems can now start marketing its NeuStream to other utility companies. Neumann said many are interested, although he declined to name any of them.

In the meantime, he is developing a proposal for the utilities board – the Colorado Springs City Council — to install a full-size device at Drake. 

The utilities board will consider the matter, he said, at its meeting Nov. 17.

For past stories on the NeuStream, click here.