Environmental monitoring is driven by global megatrends such as urbanization, digitalization and CO2 emissions. The growing world population is needing an adequate supply of drinking water and food. Medical care must be secured, local transport must be optimized, sewerage systems and roads must be expanded. At the same time, the generation, storage and distribution of more energy must be as efficient and emission-free as possible to take account of climate change and the health of all.
Digital solutions are supporting the rapid market growth of environmental monitoring in the areas of water pollution, air pollution, gas pollution and more. Smart technologies and components improve and optimize sampling systems and methods, but also analytics and sensors. Advanced technologies enable IOT applications in various fields.
Environmental monitoring concerns both municipalities and industry. Deviations or disturbances in the operating process can quickly lead to environmental damage, especially in petrochemical and chemical plants. In order to avoid these and to be able to initiate countermeasures at an early stage, the monitoring of plants and production processes is essential. In the event of an incident, the responsible authorities must be informed immediately due to legal obligations. In the worst case, environmental pollution can lead to expensive fines. This should be avoided – from both an ecological and economic point of view.
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Zero Liquid Discharge technologies aiming to reuse wastewater in a system
Air and Gas Monitoring
Air and gas pollutants pose a major threat to health and climate.
To protect the environment, wastewater-free production is essential in many industries. The principle of Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) is particularly relevant in regions where water is scarce, legal discharge restrictions exist or resources must be protected. With regard to water consumption, companies in certain regions are legally obliged to reduce their environmental impact from the resource water.
The principle of the ZLD technology is a closed water cycle. Water remains in a closed circuit and is treated after the processes, in order to then be reintroduced into the industrial plant’s process in sufficient quality. The principle is simple, but the technology is complex. Depending on the water components, wastewater treatment faces different challenges.
The advantages for companies are manifold. Through ZLD, valuable resources can be recovered from wastewater, which can be sold or reused in the industrial process. Other advantages of a ZLD application are: a lower volume of waste water, which reduces the cost of waste disposal, and the recycling of water reduces the need for further water extraction.
Process Insights provides with its brands innovative water analyzers for the determination of the most important water quality parameters, such as TOC, COD, BOD, TOD, TN and toxicity.
Air pollution is a mixture of particles and gases that can reach harmful concentrations, both outdoors and indoors, that are harmful to human health and the planet as a whole. Their effects can range from higher risks of disease to rising temperatures.
Industry continues to be one of the largest sources of pollutants released into the world’s environment. Common examples of air pollution are: smog and soot, hazardous air pollutants and greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.
Short-term effects of air pollution on human health include sneezing and coughing, eye irritation, headaches and dizziness. Other pollutants do not have a direct effect on health in the case of long-term exposure, but they do contribute to climate change. Examples include heat waves, extreme weather conditions, disruption of food supplies and other effects associated with increased greenhouse gases.
Industry is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane and carbon dioxide. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential more than 25 times greater than carbon dioxide. A key industry for pollution is the oil and gas industry, which includes a wide range of operations and equipment, from wells, gas collection and processing facilities to storage tanks and transmission and distribution pipelines. It is a major industrial source of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, which contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog).
VOC emissions from the oil and gas industry not only contribute to the formation of ozone, but also contain air toxins such as benzene, ethylbenzene and n-hexane, which also originate from this industry. Air pollutants are pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer and other serious health effects. A strong, growing, low-carbon industry based on sustainable material flows and recycling is part of many political strategies. The aim is to create a growing industrial sector that makes less and less use of natural resources, reduces pollutant emissions and produces less and less waste over time.
Process Insights offers with its brands a broad portfolio of products and solutions for monitoring air and gas pollution in variuos industries.
LAR provides monitoring solutions for municipal water monitoring applications. Either it is monitoring of waste water dirscharge into public water bodies or for treatment of drinking water from surface water or ground water. Furthermore, in regions where potable water resources are scarce, online water monitoring helps to control processes of desalination facilities.
On the other hand, discharge control of waste water from municipal and industrial sources, both into waste water treatment plants and into public waterways such as rivers and lakes, is of great importance when it comes to resource preservation and environmental protection.
COSA Xentaur manufactures innovative measurement solutions for fast and accurate gas analysis, such as WOBBE, BTU, and dew point.