The second meeting of the Working Group (WG) 41 that is dealing with the first European Norm that will regulate the so-called “e-noses” took place in Nimes, France, the 11th of February 2016. In this meeting the title of the norm was further discussed. The question raised was: sensors for monitoring odorants or odours?
Odorant? why not odour monitoring? A clear terminological distinction should be made between odorants (stimulus) and odour (sensation). In the same way that the olfactory system transduces chemical signals into perception (odours), the sensors "transduce" odorant signals into electric signals.
All the papers from this I International Conference on Environmental Odour Management, that took place in Madrid, Spain, have been published in the years 2012 and 2013.
Here you have in just one document all the papers published beforehand. Be ready to expend hours and hours of fun! All the presentations are in Spanish with their videos and presentations, but some of them are in English. Enjoy it!
The following list includes the links to the papers presented and published over almost a year. Unfortunately, most of them are in Spanish:
The 2nd International Conference on Olfaction & Issues 2016: Science, Marketing & Perspectives will be hold in Milano, the 23rd and 24th of May 2016, in the Politecnico di Milano (Bovisa Campus - Via Giuseppe Candiani 72, Milano), hosted by the Digital Olfaction Society.
After the first editions organized in 2010 in Paris, in 2013 in Berlin and in 2014 in Tokyo, the scientific committee of the Digital Olfaction Society is hosting a new congress: Olfaction & Issues 2016: Science, Marketing & Perspectives, in Milano, Italy, May 23-24, 2016.
The company Olfasense has launched a new emission test chamber EK250 that allows characterization of VOCs.
The quality of indoor air is strongly influenced by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from materials and products used in some industries.
These materials and products are analysed in emission test chambers to determine VOC emission levels into the air, as described in the ISO 16000-9 standard (”Determination of the emission of volatile organic compounds from building products and furnishing – Emission test chamber method“).
We say "international" cause around 12 countries attended that event, but unfortunately this event was not bilingual (such as the one we did in Chile), but just in Spanish. We apologize for that, and we hope next one is bilingual again.
Saying that, we are very happy to share with you the abstracts of the presentations, and guess what? some articles are in English!
The odor emissions from environmental facilities (composting plants, EDARs, rendering…) are a frequent cause of nuisance in their surroundings which are given ever increasing attention. Therefore, stringent ambient air odor level requirements are being implemented worldwide which the conventional treatment technologies (such as scrubbers, conventional biofilters) are often unable to achieve.
In order to overcome these limitations, high capacity odor reduction technologies have been developed (such as Advanced Biofilters or Thermal Oxidation), which are already working in different real applications. In this work, the performance of 4 Advanced Biofilters treating COV and odor emissions has been evaluated.
Daniel Almarcha 1*, Sílvia Nadal 2, Arne Poulsen 3
The aim of this work is to present a system to monitor odour incidents to detect odour sources in industrial areas that can cause an odour impact in residential neighbourhoods.
The area of this study is located between two very important spots of chemical Industrial areas in the port of Tarragona, in the northeast of Spain. Nearby these two industrial areas there are 3 fire stations. In this study, the firemen were trained to perform odour field inspections by means of an android app. In addition, the odour performance of the odour inspectors was also evaluated.
Currently, it is usual in the operating licenses, that governmental institutions grant to the sites where the sewage and waste are treated, the measures are put in place to control the emissions into the atmosphere.
In this Wastewater Treatment Plant in the district of Pamplona, located at Arazuri, the Olfactometrics Studies have become into a new tool for the environmental management of the facility, which has allowed us to design and evaluate the effectiveness of the measures to minimize the odours over the last decade.
A waste facility in the United Kingdom processes food waste via anaerobic digestion. The site is in a mainly rural location with a number of isolated properties at least 500 m from the site boundary, so odour control is mandatory to protect harmful conditions to the environment and avoid odour nuisances.
The plant was commissioned using an ORGUS® double stage biofilter system with coconut fibre as packing material. The performance of the system was measured in February 2014. Olfactometric samples were undertaken, obtaining an average outlet odour concentration considerably lower than the discharge emission limit stipulated in the contract.
F. Sempere 1*, D. Hidalgo 1, A. Waalkens 1 and C. Gabaldón 2