Novo Technology Installations 


Tulsa Resource Recovery Facility Project Details

Service Area:Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Owner/Operator:WBH Generating LLC/NAES (at the time of the retrofit)
Combustion System:Two Mass Burn, Martin® grates, and One Aireal® Combustion System; all with Water Wall Boilers
Process Lines:3 x 375 TPD
Combustion Capacity:1,125 Tons Per Day
Steam Generated:Up to 270,000 lbs per hour 
Steam Pressure:630 psig 
Steam Temperature:700°F
Steam Customer:Sun Refinery
Electrical Generation:16.5 MW (When not exporting steam)
Electricity Customer:AEP Public Service Company of Oklahoma 
Materials Recovery:Ferrous Metal Recovery
Air Quality Control:SNCR, Carbon Injection, Semi-dry Scrubbing system, Fabric Filter, CEMS system
Storage Pit Capacity:3 Days
Facility Start-up:1986
Aireal® Retrofit:2004



The W.B. Hall Resource Recovery Facility provides the city of Tulsa with a clean alternative to land-filling their municipal solid waste.  Over the course of a year this facility will process almost 370,000 tons of waste producing steam and electricity in the process.  Approximately 480,000 Tulsa residents are served by this facility.




Combustion Technology Upgrade:  In 2004, one of the three existing Martin® reciprocating grate systems at the Tulsa facility was replaced with the patented Aireal® Combustion System during a normal unit outage.  The retrofit was done by the original development company for the ACS technology prior to Novo's acquisition of the license rights for the technology.  This retrofit was done to improve the overall performance of the combustion system and decrease costs associated with operation and maintenance of the older reciprocating grate style units.  The performance comparison between the ACS unit and the two Martin units demonstrated the following:

  • 77 percent reduction in annual boiler cleaning costs relative to martin units
  • 52 percent reduction in particulate carryover compared to Martin units
  • 73 percent reduction in off-line boiler cleaning hours relative to Martin units
  • 54 percent reduction in NOx reagent use compared to Martin units
  • Significant reduction in forced outages related to grate maintenance
  • Significant reduction in grate  bar replacement costs