Flue gas quench (FGQ) at advanced combined heat and power (CHP) plays a vital role by linking flue gas (FG) cleaning and wastewater treatment. In this paper, we have performed a detailed mass balance of pollutants in the flue gas and the process water with and without FGQ at a CHP plant. The results show that the system with FGQ puts less wastewater load (about 74 tonnes/day) together with less pollutant load on the municipal wastewater treatment plant (MWWTP) than the system without FGQ. Meanwhile, it results in fewer burdens on the external water use.
Keywords flue gas, quench, mass balance, contaminant concentrations, water consumption, wastewater treatment