The German company Mercury Instruments GmbH, leading supplier of mercury monitoring solutions for laboratory, safety, process and environmental applications, has joined the Environnement S.A Group (ESA) through an acquisition process conducted by the French company Environnement S.A, a leading European supplier of environmental and process monitoring solutions.
This alliance will immediately strengthen the emission monitoring offering of the Group with innovative certified products meeting the coming European regulations for monitoring the mercury emissions of large combustion plant and incinerators. At the same time, it will provide additional product ranges for the group’s international network of distributors in the field of monitoring mercury in ambient air, and in health and safety applications.
Moreover, in growing markets such as natural gas, following the recent acquisition of TDL Sensors Ltd, a UK based high technology company dedicated to the development of Tunable Laser gas process analyzers, Mercury Instruments will reinforce the process division of Environnement S.A with its expertise and experience in value added solutions beyond regulatory markets.
The management of Mercury Instruments GmbH, will stay with the group and participate actively in this new stage of development of the company, working with the Environnement S.A management team to focus efforts on realizing the strong anticipated growth that will be created by the synergies within the Group, benefiting their respective customers, partners and employees in terms of expertise, quality and services.
François Gourdon, President and founder of Environnement S.A declared, ” We are very enthusiastic about the opportunities that we’ll be able to provide to our worldwide industrial customers. The twenty years expertise of Mercury Instruments in the monitoring of mercury while the International Minamata Convention is coming into force, combined with the expertise of the Environnement S.A Group in the monitoring of other gases, particulate and flow, will definitively help to strengthen our position in process and regulatory applications”.
Dr. Alfred Sauerer and Dr. Brigitte Inderst, Managing Directors of Mercury Instruments add: “This strong partnership announced today will boost Mercury Instruments’ growth plan and strategy, allowing our technology to reach new customers and new markets, while strengthening our capacity to develop new applications”.
Environnement S.A, the leading European manufacturer of on-line environmental monitors whose headquarters are based in Poissy (France), has been a Public company since January 2006, listed on Euronext Growth. Founded in 1978, the Environnement S.A Group provides monitoring solutions in the fields of air quality, industrial process control and emission, engine gas, water quality and radionuclide. These solutions designed and produced throughout the different companies of the Group have been marketed since January 2018 under the protected trade mark ENVEA™.
The new dustproof VM-3000 is designed for stationary wall or stand mounting. It is meant for use in particulate contaminated areas where gaseous mercury concentration has to be monitored continuously.
Owing to the real time measurements and the ability of the VM-3000 to communicate directly with a PC or Laptop there is no need for frequent opening of the analyzer's housing.
The dustproof cabinet of the VM-3000 effectively prevents pollution of the analyzer while measuring. All necessary cables and tubings are fed through the dustproof cable glands on the bottom of the enclosure. The VM-3000 unit has all of its electrical in- and outputs as well as the sample gas in- and outlet on the rear. They are easily accessible by simply swinging open the enclosure.
Two instruments were recently shipped to Finland, where they will monitor mercury concentrations of ambient air in electronic scrap recycling plants.
Heating of contaminated soil with so called "Smart Burners" evaporates volatile pollutants. The polluted gases are extracted and the contaminants are recycled. For that purpose the mercury concentration of the volatile phase must be known.
The dustproof enclosure of the VM-3000 prevents contamination of the analyzer while measuring. The VM-3000 unit has all of its electrical in- and outputs as well as the sample gas outlet on the rear. For this special edition all in- and outputs are routed to the front. All necessary cable and tubing are fed through the dustproof cable glands on the bottom of the enclosure.
The monitoring system comprises a two phase Sample Conditioning System (pre-SCS with particle filter, not shown and SCS, left), the analyzer system (middle) with the UT-3000 detector and an automatic mercury calibration gas unit and a pump module to the right.
The rightmost picture shows the analyzer system with the door and the cover of the keyboard removed.
The system is meant to monitor a mercury absorber. Utilizing the high performance GoldTrap amalgamation module and the optimized state-of-the-art atomic absorption detector inside a UT-3000 analysator detection limits at sub-ng/m³ levels can be achieved.
The EX(d) flameproof protective enclosure is certified for hazardous Zone 1 (Ex d, IIA, T3).
UT-3000 NG mobile
The mobile analyzer system for mercury traces in natural gas is used for quality controls at differing natural gas processing plants.
The Natural Gas Sampling System reduces the primary high pressure of the sample source (up to 200 bar) to a pressure below 1 bar so that the gas can be fed to the continuously operating analyzer: UT-3000 Mercury Ultratracer. This highly sensitive detector is equipped with a GoldTrap allowing for a measuring range of 0.1 ng/mᶟ to 1000 ng/ mᶟ at 10 l sample volume (lowest range). The analyzer features an AutoRange function that adjusts the sample volume according to the mercury concentration of the sample.
For safety reasons a flammable gas detector is integrated in the monitoring system.
A customized 4 channel Mercury Monitoring System for Natural Gas (MMS-NG) meeting the special demands of the customer was delivered to Saudi Aramco. One channel is monitoring the gas entering three Mercury Removal Units (MRUs), three channels measure the gas leaving the MRUs. An additional system with two channels surveys the inlet and outlet of a fourth MRU for incurring condensate (mainly higher hydrocarbons).
Owing to the GoldTrap technology the mercury analyzer (UT-3000) integrated in the MMS-NG allows for precise mercury measurements at ultra trace levels. Higher concentrations that can occur in gas or condensate before entering the MRUs can also be measured without any problem. An AutoRange function will automatically reduce or increase the sample volume to be measured. For the above reasons the MMS-NG is able to cover an extremly wide measurement range which makes it the ideal choice for monitoring Mercury Removal Units.
A two-channel Mercury Monitoring System for Natural Gas was delivered to the Uz-Kor Gas Company in Uzbekistan. The MMS-NG controls the inlet and outlet of a Mercury Removal Unit (MRU) in a production plant to ensure the removal of mercury in the natural gas before it is further processed.
Due to the analyzer with GoldTrap technology (UT 3000) the MMS-NG excels in sensitivity and offers a broad measuring range (0.001 µg/m³ ... 50 µg/m³).
A PA-2 Gold process analyzer has been installed at a coal fired power plant in the USA. A highly efficient mercury removal system will make sure that the strict regulations applying are met.
In order to monitor the quality of the mercury removal system the PA-2 Gold, a highly sensitive version of the proven Mercury Process Analyzer PA-2 (equipped with the Mercury Ultratracer UT-3000) has been installed. A detection limit in the range of 1 ng/L (ppt) is required for meeting regulations, which made the PA-2 Gold the ideal choice for this task.
Our new SM-4 mobile Mercury Monitoring System is constructed on the basis of the well proven technique of the stationary stack gas monitor SM-4. The modular design allows for quick assemblage and disassemblage as well as easy transport. Therefor the instrument can be used on on multiple measurement sites.
The SM-4 mobile was ordered by the brasilian national institution for industrial education (SENAI) . For limited time spans measurement campaigns will be carried out in different power plants run by the brasilian company Petrobras.
Health Canada is the federal department responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health. Health Canada runs a laboratory to measure amongst other things the mercury contamination of various foodstuffs.
Health Canada's AULA-254 Gold serves to analyze a multitude of samples rapidly and automatically. With a duration of a measurement cycle of 60 to 180 seconds approx. 20 to 60 samples can be analyzed per hour. A detection limit of < 5 pg Hg and a measuring range of 1 ng /l to 50 μg/l (GoldTrap on) enables the AULA-254 Gold to measure mercury concentrations far below the maximum limits permitted
(e. g. < 0,5 ppm for retail fish).
Easy and uncomplicated operation of the LabAnalyzer allows for a high performance in everyday analytics. The activated carbon filter at the sample outlet prevents any mercury contamination.
The analytical team of the institute for workplace-, social- and environmental medical science uses the LabAnalyzer mainly for rapid and precise determination of mercury in blood and urine samples. In contrast to a typical multi-element AAS the LabAnalyzer is especially designed to measure elemental mercury only, resulting in optimized AAS techology, enhanced performance and a measuring range of 0.01 ppb to 10 ppb.
Our new PA-2-Gold Process Analyzer automatically monitors the mercury concentration in the water of the Ebro River. The instrument has been installed on behalf of the Consorci d'Aigües de Tarragona in an analyzer shelter at the river bank at Tortosa/Tarragona (Spain).
The online measurement supports remedial actions where mercury contaminated sediments are removed from the river bed.The low detection limit of 0.01 ppb required for this task is achieved by employing the highly sensitive UT-3000 detector with amalgamation technique.
Low weight (approx. 5 kg), easy operation and a wide measuring range of 0,1 μg/m³ to 2000 μg/m³ make the Tracker 3000 IP mercury analyzer the ideal choice to localize leakage and resulting mercury contamination in natural gas industries.
Furthermore the Tracker 3000 IP is suitable for continuous operation to monitor mercury contamination in air. Hence he provides an important contribution to environmental protection and safety at work.
Mercury traces contained in natural gas can cause severe damage to gas processing plants due to corrosion effects. A customized Mercury Monitoring System for automatic monitoring of mercury has been commissioned on the central processing platform of the Arthit Gas Field which is located in the Gulf of Thailand.
The analyzer unit features a VM-3000 Vapor Monitor, an UT-3000 Ultratracer, an automatic calibrator as well as an automatized four-channel multiplexer. One channel (VM-3000) allows for measuring high and very high mercury concentrations, three channels feeding the UT-3000 enable the system to measure extremly low mercury concentrations.
Especially important: the analyzer is housed in a certified EEx p cabinet.
Left: Two measuring units, ,right: thermo catalytic sample probe
Two SM4 continuous mercury compliance monitors have been installed for Electric Power Research Institute ReACT Project at Valmy Station in Nevada. The SM4 monitors measure mercury concentrations at very low levels, ranging from 0 to 100 nanograms per cubic meter. Samples are taken from test process streams at both inlet and outlet locations of the mercury reduction unit. This is a six-month project and shall demonstrate EPRI's new multi-pollutant removal technology.
The SM4 is the first instrument working on a thermo catalytic principle, it avoids wet chemical sample treatment. As a consequence, maintenance demand has been drastically minimized. The SM-4 is the only monitor that required no maintenance during the Trimble County Testing at a coal-fired utility wet stack. Also no carrier gases and no water were consumed. Data availability reached excellent 95%. The instrument uses straight extractive Hastelloy probe with no plugging or corrosion.
Pleasingly the SM-4 costs considerably less than comparable instruments.
Apart from particulate matter, SO2 and NOx MEPA is now measuring mercury concentrations in air in its Zejtun based monitoring station. Current as well as past values of the measurements are available on the MEPA website at any time.
Owing to its GoldTrap the UT-3000 Ultratracer is able to measure mercury in the ng/m³ range. Practically maintenance-free automatic operation allows for real-time measurement.
Many gold ores contain more or less mercury. A metallurgical process is applied to extract and purify the gold from the rock. Due to the related chemistry mercury accompanies the gold and is also extracted. When heat is applied, mercury may be released into the air.
In order to detect sources for mercury emissions and last but not least in order to protect the workers a MMS (Mercury Monitoring System) equipped with an 8-channel multiplexer has been installed at a the Newmont Golden Giant Mine in Ontario. Mercury concentration is measured with a VM-3000 Vapor Monitor.
Sample air is drawn from 8 sample filters which are installed at different locations in the refinery area and outside the vacuum pump room.
The system has been in operation for one year and a calibration check of the system showed that there is only an extremely small calibration drift provided that sample pre filters are replaced on a regular basis.
Total mercury emitted from the cellroom of a chlorine-alkali plant is determined at the OxyChem Delaware City Plant. A 16 sample point MMS consisting of a 16-channel Multiplexer, a VM-3000 Vapor Monitor and a MC-3000 Mercury Calibrator has been installed. An air flow model is used in conjunction with the MMS to calculate mercury emissions.
Signals of temperature sensors which are mounted at the roof ventilation openings and the signal of the mercury analyzer are used for calculation of the mercury mass flow.
Gold is extracted from the rock using a chemical leaching process. In order to be able to control mercury concentrations and to keep effluents clean two PA-1 process analyzers have been installed.
The location is a shelter inside the water treatment plant situated at an altitude of 4000-5000 meters above sea level.
The Mercury Vapor Monitor VM-3000 is used to monitor mercury in the exhalations of the Teide (a 3717 m high Volcano on the Canary Islands).
The mercury analyzer has been installed in the volcanological observatory and is operated by the team of Professor Nemesio Perez.