Industrial odours are emitted by a number of sources. It can come from pungent chemicals, decaying matter, or industrial equipment.
The amount and intensity of odour generated also varies according to the external environment and the climate. For instance, a hot and humid climate increases odour generation. Similarly, strong winds can cause the odours to spread more easily.
Foul odours become a huge challenge and if the permitted odour levels are not maintained, the local authorities can limit or stop all industrial activities.
It doesn’t matter if you are in the waste management, food processing industry or recycling processes, industrial odour control is extremely crucial.
Problems arising due to industrial odours:
The odorous gases are usually corrosive. They can have a negative impact on equipment life, productivity, as well as the quality of life of working individuals.
Standing a bad smell is not only disgusting but also demoralising. It makes the employees feel sick and irritable. This also hampers the productivity of the workers.
In such an environment, it becomes difficult to retain employees. Also, attracting new staff becomes a tedious task.
Moreover, it also becomes intolerable for the regular residents of the area. Complaints from the locals lead to negative media coverage. It may also invite unwanted government action.
You may face fines and other punishments if a clean and healthy environment is not maintained.
This may put a mark on the business’s reputation, leading to huge financial losses.
An industrial setting without odour control repels potential investors as well. Thus, the growth of the industry becomes stagnant.
Odour control solutions:
A number of odour control solutions are available suited to many different industry types.
Today, many companies offer state-of-the-art technology to neutralise odours generated due to industrial processes.
The equipment includes a nozzle, an atomiser and a neutralizing spray. The neutralizing agent is mixed with water. It actively breaks down odour-causing molecules in the atmosphere.
Another odour absorption technology focuses on natural methods. It relies on the power of natural plant oils to absorb and neutralize odour molecules.
Scrubbing towers use either water or a suitable chemical, which can be used to reduce or remove odorous chemicals from gas streams.
Some make use of simple absorption, using water, others may use adsorption combined with chemical reactions like oxidation. Common scrubbing chemicals used for odour control include sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite.
For sensitive applications, carbon adsorption can be used to reduce obnoxious odours. Activated carbon can be utilised as a polishing stage. It is highly efficient and is ideal in applications where low emission limits are needed.
Besides the above, other odour control systems include:
- Large, multi-stage chemical Scrubbing Systems
- Environmentally friendly biofilter and Bioscrubber Systems
- Simple, efficient activated carbon and Dry Media Filter Systems
- Passive Filters
- Purpose-designed Odour Control Treatment Units
- Adsorption System
- Chemical Oxidation System
- Biological Oxidation System
Industrial odour control systems help to treat odours from the air and water. This provides clean and fresh air. Since the odour-causing gases are treated, it protects the environment. The systems also aim at eliminating germs, viruses, moulds, etc.
PDFL is the leading supplier of wastewater odour control systems for the UK water industry. PDFL can develop a tailor-made odour control unit for you.
Our experts can advise you on the best solutions and help you maintain a fresh and hygienic environment.