The International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST) is one of the world’s leading environmental conferences and is supported by UNESCO, the European Water Association (EWA) and the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation.
At the conference, top experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, representatives of public administrations and social initiatives presented state-of-the-art research on current and emerging environmental issues and shared views to explore the latest trends and innovations in science and technology and to lay the foundations for a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable environment.
More than 500 people from 42 countries took part in the 2019 edition.
SARTEC presented a paper entitled ‘Advanced instrumental odour monitoring system for the continuous management and control of environmental odour in complex industrial plants’. This project originated from a collaboration with SPONGE Srl, a spin-off of the University of Salerno (co-authors, among others, Marco Meloni and Gian Luca Pittoni, respectively Sartec’s Head of Environment & Oil and Head of Monitoring).
The presentation described the current status of development of the innovative instrumental system called IOMSartec (Instrumental Odour Monitoring Systems). This is a new-generation ‘electronic nose’ for the continuous monitoring of environmental odours emitted into ambient air by complex industrial plants. The aim is to control emissions and limit their odour impact on the surrounding territory.
The presentation described the system’s application potential, highlighting its innovative technology and compliance with the standards under development by the European standards group on instrumental odour monitoring (WG41 of CEN/TC264 ‘Air quality’) and by the relevant national standards group (WG4 ‘Environment’ of UNI, the Italian standards body).
Once suitably trained, IOMSartec will be able to determine in continuous mode the class to which each odour belongs and the concentration of an odour in a real sample emitted by a complex plant.
The research project, a joint initiative of Sartec, SPONGE (scientific partner) and Bithiatec Srl (ICT partner) was financed entirely with private resources and was developed within an operating industrial plant (refinery) located in southern Sardinia, which was used as an experimental case study.