Case studies in environmental technology. Paul Sharratt and Michael Sparshott. IChemE. 210 pages, hardback. ISBN 0 85295 385 2. £39.
A range of emerging and recently established techniques for process improvement, waste treatment and environmental performance monitoring is presented in this interesting book of case studies.
The authors both have extensive industrial experience with ICI and Shell, and are currently involved with providing training in environmental management and sensing.
This book is largely directed at process engineers, but two chapters on monitoring will be of particular interest. Stuart Newstead and Robert Gemmill cover monitoring requirements under Integrated Pollution Control (IPC), with a preference for continuous monitoring.
This chapter on IPC also deals with the possible structure of an EN 45011-based Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS).
This follows a report sponsored by GAMBICA, HMIP and the DoE and produced by the AEA and NPL. The paper looks at the setting up of a national centre for regulatory monitoring (NRCM).
The following chapter covers the electronic measurement of odours and aromas, based on UMIST’s work with AromaScan. 32 conducting polymer sensors are used in the AromaScan sensor array which can provide fingerprints of similar aromas.
This sensing technique is particularly useful for readers who wish to look at offsite monitoring of obnoxious odours.
The remaining text considers various ways to minimise the environmental impact of different processes, as well as covering water use, spillage problems and batch processes.
New technologies on NOx, membrane separation and incineration are also explained from an environmental viewpoint.