Ambient Air Monitoring Articles

  • Nitro Beer Tastes Better

    If you've ever remarked on the smooth creaminess of a pint of Guinness, you've picked up on the key difference in its carbonation: Nitrogen rather than carbon dioxide. Such "nitro" beers have become a trend in recent years, with major U.S. breweries and small startups alike offering nitro products. Nitrogen keeps bitterness in check and balances out the hops to make drinkable craft brews, but it ...

  • How Does a Gas Analyser Work?

    Whatever you want to detect, you need to identify a property of the object that is easy-enough to measure. When it comes to monitoring and analysis of gaseous species (atoms or more commonly molecules), it turns out that it often is possible to utilize the optical properties of the gas. You need a light source, a light detector, and a characteristic behaviour of the gaseous species in question ...


    By Opsis AB

  • Modeling for NAAQS Part 1: How to select the appropriate output for NO2

    The U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for 1-hour SO2, 1-hour NO2, and 24-hour PM2.5 use a very particular format. It is very important for all modelers (both within and outside of the U.S.) to understand how AERMOD handles this. In particular, U.S. users need to be familiar with the ...

  • Critical Monitoring of Forklift Emissions and Warehouse Ambient Air Quality - Case Study

    Our team of experts has been hard at work and has just released an industry-leading report detailing Forklift Emissions in Warehouses: The main objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of different engine conditions on exhaust gas emissions and to observe the effect that forklift emissions have on the ambient air quality of the warehouse.             ...

  • Case study - Ambient air monitoring by PID detection - airTOXIC

    First Case THE PROBLEM: How to monitor air quality from 1 spot in 12 different towns ? THE SOLUTION The airToxic PID with the communication protocol MODBUS allows to transfer the results of the 12 instruments to a central room RESULTS airToxic PID allows to have an improved ...


    By Chromatotec Group

  • Case study : VOC analysis in ambient air by FID dectection - Complete system airmOzone

    Ozone concentration has been multiplied by 5 in the last century in the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere from 10 PPB in 1874 to approximately 50 PPB today. This is an increase of 1.6% per year; the trend is probably higher (2.4% a year) over the last decades. (Chapter 1 of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program - World Climate Research Program) In order to stop this global ...


    By Chromatotec Group

  • How to investigate mercury in the oceans?

    Mercury is a highly toxic metal that affects the environment and can endanger people's health, as a powerful neurotoxin. The combustion of coal, waste and fuel are releasing hundreds of tons of heavy metal into the atmosphere annually, and its sediment enters to soil and water. Mercury measurements are part of the EU project "Global Mercury Observation System". The long-term goal of this ...


    By Lumex Instruments Group

  • The top 3 Lufft blog posts of 2016

    At the start of the New Year we would like to take a look at the blog highlights of the last year: On a Personal Note After the acquisition of Lufft by a new owner in December 2015, our former Managing Director Klaus Hirzel announced the first major change for Lufft last year: The change of management. On 1st of August Klaus Hirzel handed over the reins to Dr. Martin ...

  • CO2 Capture from Ambient Air by Crystallization with a Guanidine Sorbent

    Carbon capture and storage is an important strategy for stabilizing the increasing concentration of atmospheric CO2 and the global temperature. A possible approach toward reversing this trend and decreasing the atmospheric CO2 concentration is to remove the CO2 directly from air (direct air capture). Herein we report a simple aqueous guanidine sorbent that captures ...


    By SusChem

  • A Critical Evaluation of the South African Air Quality Offsets Guideline

    There is wide recognition in South Africa to the link between the quality of life and quality of the air we breathe. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) attempts to improve air quality through two key regulatory tools; emission limits, which regulate the maximum concentration of certain pollutants permissible within certain, ‘listed’ industrial stacks or vents, and ambient ...


    By WKC Group

  • 3 Safety Risks to your Business

    Health and safety related incidents are more commonplace at work than you may think. According to the International Labour Organization, 153 workers have a work-related accident every 15 seconds. Think about that for a moment. No matter the industry within which you ...


    By Rivo, a Sphera Company

  • Case study - Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in semipermeable membrane devices (SPMDs) exposed to air and aquatic plants in Thailand

    Project reference Project: Pilot project in the Bangkok region of Thailand Project period 2000 Nature of task: investigation of the air pollution and the connection between ambient air and aquatic plant concentrations of PAHs in the Bangkok region of Thailand contribution of ...


    By Exposmeter AB

  • Case study - Continuos integrating air sampling to determine PAH distribution and profiles in the Nothern and Central Europe

    Project reference Project: Pilot project in the Northern and Central Europe Project period 1999-2000 Nature of task: simultaneous determination of PAH concentrations in the ambient air of four European countries evaluate the contribution from different emissions to the ambient ...


    By Exposmeter AB

  • AQMesh: a new option for flexible air quality monitoring

    AQMesh has an impressive collection of global users and performance results measuring ambient air quality in applications ranging from traffic planning and urban hotspots to industrial fence line monitoring, building ventilation management, or environmental lobbying. This pole-mounted unit comes with an independent power supply and communications, so offering the possibility of measuring air ...


    By AQMesh

  • Air quality assessment in the EU: room for improvement?

    Different modelling approaches are used to design and assess air quality plans across Europe. This study assessed the strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches. The researchers conclude that a large variety of models is in use, without a preferred or standard model having emerged yet. They identify integrating local-scale and large-scale models and verifying models with measurements ...

  • Gas analysers support management of Swindon fire

    The capability to convene a multi-agency Air Quality Cell (AQC) was established in England in 2009 following the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot incident. A review of this event identified the need to rapidly co-ordinate the acquisition, analysis and interpretation of air quality data in major incidents. Arrangements have been made in England to bring together experts from the Environment Agency ...


    By Quantitech Ltd

  • Full Scale Remediation of Trichloroethene and Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene, Xylene (BTEX) in Soil Using Six Phase Soil Heating - Niagara Falls, NY - Case Study

    Contracting: Fixed Price Per Task Contaminants Treated: Trichloroethene (TCE), Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene, Xylene (BTEX) Technology Applied: Six-Phase Soil Heating (SPSH) Geology: Sediments, glacial till, bedrock Hydrology: Groundwater at 8 feet below ground surface (bgs) Hydraulic Conductivity: 3 x 10-4 cm/sec Treatment Area & Volume: 12,100 square feet & 4,480 cubic ...


    By TRS Group, Inc.

  • Modeling Tip: Using Ozone File Editor Tools in BREEZE AERMOD

    To model 1-hour and annual concentrations of NO2 for the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), the U.S. EPA has approved a three-tiered approach as detailed in Section 5.2.4 of EPA’s Guideline on Air Quality Models, Appendix W to 40 CFR Part 511 (Appendix W). This approach, as shown below, is recommended to estimate the ambient concentrations of ...

  • Case study - G210 verifies piped medical gases

    Report in the Medical Gas Association newsletter Consultation with medical gas quality controllers (QCs) to optimise specification has lead to, "A major improvement in portable instrumentation for the analysis of medical gases," according to Ed Doyle QC (MGPS). He reported in the August 2010 issue of the Medical Gas Association (www.mga.org.uk) newsletter on his experience with the new ...

  • Case study - Air-to-air heat exchanger provides plant heat and big savings

    OVERVIEW A food processing facility installed a new Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) for odor control from its roasting operation.  The oxidizer was designed for 95% thermal rate of efficiency and included supplemental fuel injection (SFI) which is used during low VOC loading conditions, to help save fuel cost.  The customer was looking at additional ways  to further ...

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