Efficient Inhibition of N2O during NO Absorption Process Using a CuO and (NH4)2SO3 Mixed Solution

The discovery of effective methods toward nitric oxide (NO) removal by solution is valuable for the cost-effective flue gas control. In this study, it is first reported that nitrous oxide (N2O) is obviously suppressed by using copper oxide (CuO) combined with (NH4)2SO3 (NS) solution. CuO has been characterized, and the effects of reactants concentration, additives, temperature, pH and powder size on NO absorption process have been evaluated. The selectivity of N2O can drop from 91.30% to 11.25% under the optimum experimental conditions. Furthermore, based on the method of single-factor analysis, the inhibition of N2O is identified as the coeffect of NS/CuO. In addition, the pathways of NO removal are divided into two partsN2O formation and NO absorptionand its ratio is calculated in the range of 0.29–0.53. Because of the continuous supply of NS from ammonia desulfurization, this study opens the feasibility of simultaneous desulfurization and denitrification.