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Sustainability 2015, 7(3), 2678-2694; doi:10.3390/su7032678

Addressing the Impact of Environmental Xenobiotics in Coal-Fired Flue Gas

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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Craiova, Craiova 200440, Romania
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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4, Canada
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Technical University of Sofia, Industrial Engineering Department, Sofia, Bulgaria & Military Institutions of University Education (ASEI), Hellenic Naval Academy, Piraeus 18539, Greece
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University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Craiova 200349, Romania
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Technical College of Arts and Crafts "Constantin Brancusi" of Craiova, Craiova 200135, Romania
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Received: 20 December 2014 / Revised: 21 February 2015 / Accepted: 27 February 2015 / Published: 5 March 2015
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Abstract

Dangerous and unstable situations can result from the presence of environmental xenobiotics since their harmful effects on humans and ecosystems are often unpredictable, and building awareness of the environmental risk should be a main concern of humankind. The environmental xenobiotics in the flue gas from a fossil fuel-fired electrical generating station, such as particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and carbon dioxide (CO2), are analyzed in this study, since these xenobiotics are persistent pollutants. Mathematical models of the environmental pollutant vector, estimating the emission factors specific to fossil fuel combustion, are applied to the operation of thermal units in the Turceni electrical generating station, each of which produces a net electrical power of 330 MW. For each stack gas component in the pollutant vector, emission factors and pollutant concentrations are determined. A pattern is also examined depicting the mathematically modelled processes of resonant absorption of an environmental xenobiotic harmonic oscillation by an organism modulated as an absorbing oscillator structure. The xenobiotic concentration degree is represented through a spatial concentration vector, which allows further modelling and simulation of the oscillating regime of environmental xenobiotic absorption. View Full-Text
Keywords: coal; environmental xenobiotics; electrical generating station; environmental impact; flue gas; pollutant vector coal; environmental xenobiotics; electrical generating station; environmental impact; flue gas; pollutant vector
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Bulucea, C.A.; Rosen, M.A.; Mastorakis, N.E.; Bulucea, C.A.; Brindusa, C.C.; Jeles, A.C. Addressing the Impact of Environmental Xenobiotics in Coal-Fired Flue Gas. Sustainability 2015, 7, 2678-2694.

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