Odour Abatement

Balfagon   The use of activated carbon has been and still is common practice in deodorization installations, as it is one of the technologies that requires the lowest initial investment, as well as little maintenance. The current situation, in which the price of this raw material is rising steadily, has led to the search for new alternatives for chemical adsorbents that allows to eliminate or minimize the use of activated carbon, while maintaining or even improving its performance.

    This study aims to present alternatives to activated carbon and compare the filtration efficiency, both in capacity and reaction rate, for hydrogen sulfide, as well as their physical characteristics. The carbon footprints of each type of adsorbent being used will also be compared. The use of nearby raw materials, together with chemical engineering for the development of these new products, makes it possible to achieve better chemical adsorbents, less pollutants, more competitive prices and what is also important, more stable prices.


37 001   Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), commonly found in the atmosphere, are odorous compounds with negative effects on human and environment. VOCs and odours emitted from industrial sources have been demonstrated as hazardous and annoying compounds which may cause negative effects on humans and environment.

   The control of these compounds is therefore a key action by the plant managers in order to avoid complaints and negative impacts. In this study, microalgae and bacteria were implemented in a vertical tubular photobioreactor for the biodegradation of toluene, used as model VOC. Chlorella vulgaris strain was chosen as photosynthetic platform due to their high adaptability to adverse environmental conditions.

42 003   The wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) of Torredembarra, located in the province of Tarragona, Spain, has suffered for years from noticeable odor emission problems, mostly during the summer season. During past years, the odor treatment in the WWTP relied on a series of biological and physico-chemical systems, which led to significant operating costs and which had fluctuating efficiency, mostly during summer season.

   In order to mitigate these odor emission events, a comprehensive restructuring plan was developed for this whole treatment system. The emission rates of the main odorous compounds in all the critical points of the WWTP were assessed during different times of the year. The most relevant odour emission areas were then confined, and the headspace air treated in a series of new and retrofitted biotrickling filters.

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