Fossil Plant Services

Fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—are a non-renewable source of energy. Formed from plants and animals that lived up to 300 million years ago, fossil fuels are found in underground deposits. The fuels are burned to release the chemical energy that is stored within them. Over 85% of our energy demands are met by the combustion of fossil fuels. The burning of fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide, of which it is estimated that natural processes can absorb only about half, so there is a net increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year. Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases that is alleged to contribute to global warming, causing the average surface temperature of the Earth to rise, which some climate scientists believe will cause major adverse effects.

We provide our clients with a team of engineering, construction, environmental, risk, and health specialists that is unique in the industry. The value that Exponent brings to its clients includes:

  • Proven experience on high-profile projects of national and international significance
  • Current, in-depth functional knowledge of engineering fundamentals: mechanical, structural, metallurgical, chemical, electrical, environmental, and others
  • Scientific understanding and experience in environmental and health perspectives 
  • Convergence of our skills in risk, reliability, and vulnerability analyses 
  • Operational knowledge of the fossil plant industry, from construction to O&M to public health and ecological risk management.

Exponent’s engineering services address the utility industry’s needs for design, construction, repair, and retrofit, with a focus on:


  • Risk and Reliability Assessment 
  • Reliability and Maintenance Programs 
  • Remaining-Life Assessment 
  • Safety and Process Risk Management 
  • Thermal Sciences (Fires and Explosions) 
  • Material Deterioration (Metal, Concrete) 
  • Pipe/Boiler Integrity 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Corrosion Science and Engineering 
  • Construction Consulting 
  • Structural Performance 
  • Root-Cause and Corrective-Action Assessment

Exponent has been asked to evaluate environmental and health issues relating to utility generating plants for many years. We have evaluated cutting-edge issues and technologies, and monitored and assessed ecological and human health impacts. Our expert environmental services include a broad range of capabilities, such as:


  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
  • Mercury Deposition 
  • Air Quality Studies/Permitting 
  • Air Dispersion Modeling 
  • Human Health Risk Assessment 
  • Ecological Assessment 
  • Water Quality and Hydrology 
  • Site Investigation and Remediation Consulting.

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