Odour Abatement

hanit flooring4   The floor of a biofilter has to meet some stringent requirements. It should provide an excellent drainage  with a stream of air with a very high humidity. In addition, the floor has to be loaded with a heavy biofilter medium and it should not be allowed to warp, bend or collapse.  The UK company Hahn Plastic Ltd. has developed Hanit®, a new set of plastic grills and legs made of recycled material that is able to stand a biofilter media in extremely harsh conditions.

   The traditional option when designing a biofilter floor is using a pre-cast concrete grill. This is often a very convenient way of flooring a a biofilter. The pre-cast concrete structures are resistant, durable under normal conditions and can be easily dismantled, when required.

However transport and handling charges are often a handicap for pre-cast concrete grills. In addition, this flooring has some problems when the air flow has a very high H2S concentration. Concrete gets corroded in these cases and a replacement of the floor has to be made, sometimes after a few years.

sesion07 nadal08   Any technological study focused to reduce the odour impact must be based in several steps:  from an effective diagnosis, followed by modeling different treatment scenarios, and afterwards doing the Technical – Economic Evaluation (CAPEX / OPEX) of different corrective tecnologies.

   In the present paper, it is explained the different steps of the study for two real cases.


Silvia Nadal 1*, Marisa Latorre 1, Rubén Cerdá 2 and J.M. Juarez-Galan 2

1. Sistemas y Tecnologías Ambientales S.A. C/Còrsega 112, local 1. 08029 Barcelona, Spain
2. Labaqua S.A. C/Dracma 16-18, Polígono Industrial Las Atalayas. 03114 Alicante, Spain.
* E-mail: snadal@sta-at.com
Tel.: +34 932 53 07 40

sesion05 dorado04   This work presents the tools developed by the research group of Polytechnic University of Catalonia located in Manresa and its collaborators on the study of the bioprocesses for the treatment of gaseous and odorous flows.

   Among others, it can be highlighted the use of microsensors for the biofilms characterization, the simulation of bioreactors hydrodynamic behavior to achieve optimal design or the use of non-conventional configurations, such as membrane reactor, to overcome the current limitations found in traditional bioprocesses.


A.D. Dorado*, X. Guimerà, Ll. Prades, E. Morral and X. Gamisans

Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Av. Bases de Manresa, 61-73, 08242 Manresa (Barcelona) Spain

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