Industrial Odour Control

Odour control

Definitions Odour is the property of a substance that activates the sense of smell and can cause nuisance and health damage. Companies can emit odour (emissions) to the environment that can bother people and lead to complaints and bad publicity. Fugitive emissions contribute to air pollution and climate change as well as an economic cost…

Contaminated Groundwater

Air treatment with activated carbon in soil remediation projects

In certain soil remediation projects, there can be a need for purification of exhaust from air strippers, tent ventilation and even the interstitial air in the ground present naturally or under purge from treatment systems. Air Strippers The pump and treat method is a technology often used in soil remediation projects where contaminated groundwater is extracted by…

Ammonia Removal Fume Hood

Ammonia (NH₃) removal from air

Introduction Ammonia (NH₃) is a colourless, low molecular weight gas with the chemical formula NH₃ (See figure 1). It has a pungent smell, often associated with strong household cleaners. Ammonia (NH₃) is lighter than air but can be easily condensed to a liquid due to strong hydrogen bonding between the ammonia molecules (hydrogen bonding is…

Arsine Removal For Electronics

Arsine (AsH₃) removal from air

Introduction Arsine (AsH₃) is an extremely toxic gas that is generated upon exposure of arsenic-containing ores to acids. It is also a by-product of refining of non-ferrous metals. Arsine is used extensively in the manufacture of microchips, solid-state lasers and for the synthesis of organoarsenic compounds. Arsine (AsH₃) is a colourless, flammable, non-irritating toxic gas…

Semiconductor Manufacture

Phosphine (PH₃) removal from air

Introduction Phosphine is the compound with the chemical formula PH₃. Phosphine (PH₃) is used as an intermediate in organophosphorus chemistry and as a dopant in the semiconductor industry. Phosphine (PH₃) is alsowidely used as a fumigant (for example, in the tobacco industry) that does not leave residues on the stored product, and for pest control.…

Soil remediation success

Soil Remediation – New Building Mercury Removal

The Problem During commissioning stages, mercury was detected in the air of a newly constructed building. Being set on a former light bulb production site, the link was quickly made between historical mercury contamination of the soil and the previous use of the site. Analyses of soil samples also showed contamination of other heavy metals,…