Odour emission assessment in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) is a key aspect that needs to be improved in the plant management to avoid complaints and guarantee a sustainable environment. The research presents a smart instrumental odour monitoring station (SiOMS) composed of an advanced instrumental odour monitoring system (IOMS) integrated with other measurement units, for the continuous characterization and measurement of the odour emissions, with the aim of managing the potential odour annoyance causes in real time, in order to avoid negative effects. The application and on-site validation procedure of the trained IOMS is discussed. Experimental studies have been conducted at a large-scale WWTP. Fingerprint analysis has been applied to analyze and identify the principal gaseous compounds responsible for the odour annoyance. The artificial neural network has been adopted to elaborate and dynamically update the odour monitoring classification and quantification models (OMMs) of the IOMS. The results highlight the usefulness of a real-time measurement and control system to provide continuous and different information to the plant operators, thus allowing the identification of the odour sources and the most appropriate mitigation actions to be implemented. The paper provides important information for WWTP operators, as well as for the regulating bodies, authorities, manufacturers and end-users of odour monitoring systems involved in environmental odour impact management.

Smart instrumental Odour Monitoring Station for the efficient odour emission management and control in wastewater treatment plants

Zarra, Tiziano;Oliva, Giuseppina;Belgiorno, Vincenzo
2022

Abstract

Odour emission assessment in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) is a key aspect that needs to be improved in the plant management to avoid complaints and guarantee a sustainable environment. The research presents a smart instrumental odour monitoring station (SiOMS) composed of an advanced instrumental odour monitoring system (IOMS) integrated with other measurement units, for the continuous characterization and measurement of the odour emissions, with the aim of managing the potential odour annoyance causes in real time, in order to avoid negative effects. The application and on-site validation procedure of the trained IOMS is discussed. Experimental studies have been conducted at a large-scale WWTP. Fingerprint analysis has been applied to analyze and identify the principal gaseous compounds responsible for the odour annoyance. The artificial neural network has been adopted to elaborate and dynamically update the odour monitoring classification and quantification models (OMMs) of the IOMS. The results highlight the usefulness of a real-time measurement and control system to provide continuous and different information to the plant operators, thus allowing the identification of the odour sources and the most appropriate mitigation actions to be implemented. The paper provides important information for WWTP operators, as well as for the regulating bodies, authorities, manufacturers and end-users of odour monitoring systems involved in environmental odour impact management.
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