The Houston Chronicle has obtained the first detailed picture of the new indoor air-purifying equipment Texas Power & Light will introduce this summer at its Austin, Austin-Bergstrom, and Houston plants.
The equipment, called the Texas Air Purifier, uses a combination of a “supercritical” (air-purified by pressure and temperature) and a “vortex” (pressurized air) to remove the carbon dioxide, ozone, and other pollutants from the air.
It will be installed at five plants in Austin, including the new Energy Solutions Center in Austin.
The company is also expanding its network of air-quality monitors and carbon dioxide and ozone-fighting devices to eight new sites, including two in Austin and one in Houston.
Texas Power has already installed the equipment at three of its plants, including one in Austin-Round Rock, a site that will soon be expanded to include three other sites.
The company said it expects to have at least two dozen monitors in operation by the end of the year.
The Texas Air purifier, the world’s first commercial-scale air purifying system, has been installed at the Texas Energy Center in the Austin, TX area.
The installation is part of a larger effort to develop a nationwide air-monitoring network.
The Energy Solutions center, located in the southeast corner of the Texas City, TX metropolitan area, is one of five Texas Energy Centers that will be retrofitted to incorporate the Texas air- purifier.
The first commercial Texas Airpurifier to be installed in Texas will be at the Energy Solutions facility in the city’s southeast corner.
It’s scheduled to be operational by the start of 2019.
A second Texas AirPurifier is planned for construction in 2020, with a total of 12 to 15 monitors installed.
A third Texas AirPurifier will be available in 2022, with the company hoping to add additional monitors at the next Energy Solutions site.
The installation is being billed as the largest in Texas history, with about 5,000 people expected to be using the air purger equipment.
The air purifications are expected to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from the state’s power plants by at least 75%, according to the company.