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Giard D.,McGill University | Choiniere D.,Consumaj Inc. | Cordeau S.,McGill University | Barrington S.,McGill University | Barrington S.,Consumaj Inc.
Environmental Technology (United Kingdom) | Year: 2013

In-storage psychrophilic anaerobic digestion (ISPAD) is a technology allowing livestock producers to operate an anaerobic digester with minimum technological know-how and for the cost of a conventional storage cover. Nevertheless, the system is exposed to ambient temperatures and biogas production is expected to vary with climatic conditions. The objective of the project was therefore to measure ISPAD biogas production during the winter and fall seasons for a region east of Montreal, Canada. A calibrated biogas monitoring system was used to monitor biogas methane and carbon dioxide concentrations inside a two-year-old field installation with a 1000 m 3 storage capacity. Despite a leaking pumping hatch, winter 2010 (January to March) methane concentrations varied directly with solar radiation and maximum exterior temperature, rather than with manure temperature at 2.4 and 1.2 m depths which remained relatively constant between 1 and 5°C. During a six-month-period from November 2009 to April 2010, inclusively, the field ISPAD degraded 34% of the manure volatile solids corresponding to an average methane production of 40 m3/d. The ISPAD biogas production could be further increased by improving its air tightness and intrusion and by regularly pumping out the biogas. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Choiniere D.,Consumaj Inc. | Giard D.,Consumaj Inc.
Chemical Engineering Transactions | Year: 2012

Public awareness towards environmental odours has increased with higher living standards. Still, nowadays, no instrument can yet replace the human's specific perception of odours because of the complexity of the relationship and interaction between the odour constituting gases. Olfactometry, which is the science of measuring odours, remains the only statistical method to characterize odours and their effects on human perception. This relatively recent science has evolved since the early 1970's and is now regulated by international guidelines available in Europe (CEN 13725, 2003; VDI 3882, 2003) and North America (ASTM 679, 2011). These guidelines recommend the use of a specific instrument to characterise odours using a jury of "noses". This instrument is called an olfactometer. This paper will present a state-of-the-art stationary dynamic dilution olfactometer designed by Consumaj. This dynamic olfactometer meets the European and North American standards in olfactometry analysis. This paper will emphasize the process of design and development involved in the concept of this dynamic olfactometer in order to meet the different international standards and to provide accurate and precise odour measurements. This stationary olfactometer, named Onose-8®, is presently in operation at Consumaj laboratories, in St Hyacinthe, Canada. This olfactometer is designed to accommodate up to 16 assessors simultaneously, which meets the VDI 3882 (2003) standards. This particularity is made possible because of its nonagon (9-sided) shape providing ergonomic features for more comfort, space and ease of work to the assessors. The dilution of odorant samples with fresh air is performed using mass flow controllers that can also be automatically verified and calibrated using a protocol provided with the interface software that controls the olfactometer. Copyright © 2012, AIDIC Servizi S.r.l.

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