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Monitoring and controlling volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by using novel on-line FTIR/iPAS technology

Objective

Strict limits have been set for volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions due to their direct and indirect effects on the environment and the potential risk to human health. Industrial plants using solvents have to limit their emissions to the levels stated in VOC-directive (Directive 99/13/EC) before the end of October 2007, whereby VOC emissions from the solvent using industry should be reduced by 67% compared to the 1990 VOC levels. Furthermore the directive sets very strict limits (in some cases below 1 ppm) for the so called ”R-labeled” VOCs, which contain for example different chlorinated VOCs. In environmental analysis, one of the most challenging and still unresolved needs is the reliable measurement of (VOC). VOC emissions are normally present as mixtures. Furthermore, it is typical for many really harmful VOCs to be present at low concentrations. The emission limits for these compounds are also very low. This poses an enormous challenge in terms of the sampling, measurement and the selection of removal methods. To date, however, no reliable, selective and sensitive measurement technique exists that is capable of identifying the VOC emission levels of certain “R-labelled” VOCs in order to fulfil the limits stipulated by new directives. This project will develop an affordable, reliable tool for on-line monitoring of harmful and toxic VOC emissions. The main focus will be the development of a novel iPAS sampling technique and calibration for online process measurements, which will be applied for its use in several demanding gas measurements (VOC emissions), where the use of traditional measurement techniques have clearly failed, or have proven very difficult and laborious. As a result, reliable emission measurement would form a coherent basis for the development and evaluation of the VOC emission abatement technologies.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/volatile organic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 14 287,94
Administrative Contact
Oonagh Mc Nerney (Ms.)

Participants (10)

CENTRO DE PRODUCCION DE PINTURAS S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 157 433
Address
Calle Balsas 6
44550 Alcorisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jordi Moliner (Mr.)
Relox Technik GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 221 842
Address
Anne-conway-str. 10
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Siegfried Woitkowitz (Mr.)
Ehovoc Oy
Finland
EU contribution
€ 111 896
Address
Hankasentie 6
FI-90560 Oulu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Reijo Silvonen (Mr.)
GASERA OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 202 783
Address
Tykistokatu 4
20520 Turku
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juha-Pekka Kotro (Mr.)
ABC Environmental Ltd

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 11 375,26
Address
Cornforth Drive, Sittingbourne Research Centre 940
ME9 8PX Sittingbourne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Ambrose (Mr.)
LNL ELEKTRIK ELEKTRONIK BILISIM VEDANISMANLIK LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 154 252
Address
Odtu Teknokent Kosgeb Teknoloji Gelistirme Merkezi 402
06531 Ankara
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Faysal Basci (Mr.)
Fermion Oy
Finland
EU contribution
€ 29 880
Address
Koivu-mankkaantie 6 A
02101 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mervi Satta (Mrs.)
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 14 526
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Riitta Keiski (Prof.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 21 555
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Janne Paaso (Dr.)
SENSOTRAN SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 171 205
Address
Avenida Remolar 31
08820 El Prat De Llobregat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Delgado (Mr.)