The Industrial Combustion and Gasification Research Facility (ICGRF) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City was established in 1995. The original facility housed a 1.5 MW pulverized coal research reactor to investigate the formation and control of oxides of nitrogen in utility boilers. Since that time, the ICGRF has grown to 30,000 square feet with eight pilot-scale reactors and numerous small research and support facilities.
The original facility equipment was controlled and monitored by Opto 22 automation systems and, as the facility grew, more Opto 22 systems were installed. The current project with Opto 22 consists of removing all legacy control hardware and updating it with SNAP PAC System hardware and software to form a modern, integrated automation system.