Volatile organic compounds in the ventilation air before and after the biofilter of a mechanical waste treatment plant

Christof Lanzerstorfer, Bernhard Drach, Friedrich Pröll

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Abstract

The ventilation air from mechanical waste treatment plants is contaminated with volatile organic compounds and odour. For the treatment of such air biofilters are usually applied. In this study the separation efficiency of an industrial biofilter was investigated. The separation efficiency of the biofilter for VOCs was significantly lower than the reduction efficiency for odour. This could be attributed mostly to the alkanes, especially the C3-C4 alkanes, contained in the ventilation air. The calculated emission rates for total VOCs and for C3-C4 alkanes were 54 gC per tonne of waste and 17 gC per tonne of waste, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd World Congress on New Technologies, NEWTECH 2016
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event6th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 18 Aug 201619 Aug 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the World Congress on New Technologies
ISSN (Electronic)2369-8128

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period18.08.201619.08.2016

Keywords

  • Biofilter
  • volatile organic compounds
  • mechanical waste treatment
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Mechanical waste treatment

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