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Emissions

Air Pollution Control: Measure – Assess – Advise

One of the basic goals of environmental protection is to eliminate or reduce harmful emissions – to safeguard the environment from air, soil, and surface water contamination and to protect populace from pollution. TÜV Rheinland can inspect your facilities – from large emission facilities to biogas plants, from waste incinerators to crematoria – in accordance with immission control regulations and technical air quality control instructions. In addition, we can also advise you on how to reduce odor and pollutant emissions along with plant modernization.

Benefits at a Glance

With TÜV Rheinland’s emissions measurements, you:

  • Ensure compliance with statutory regulations
  • Actively contribute to the protection of the environment from air, soil, and surface
    water contamination
  • Ensure economical and reliable operation

Our Range of Services

  • Emissions measurements at plants required to comply with immission control regulations and technical air quality control instructions
  • Functional testing and calibration – AST and QAL2 in compliance with the DIN EN 14181 norm or VDI 3950 – of installations that continuously measure and monitor exhaust gas
  • Determination of the location to install continuous sampling equipment and the measurement points to use for comparison – in compliance with the DIN EN 15259 (VDI 4200) norm – as well as issuing installation certificates
  • Preparation of strategies to measure and monitor thermal processes, such as in a combustion chamber
  • Measurement and consultation for thermal processes and process engineering, including exhaust gas purification
  • Testing and parameterization of systems for acquiring, evaluating, and transmitting data to regulatory authorities as part of the remote emissions monitoring framework (using emission evaluation computers)
  • Strategies for monitoring exhaust gas and process parameters
  • In-house measurements, for example, for plant optimization
  • Assessment, measurement, and consultation for processes and process engineering in exhaust gas purification and the state of the art of related technologies
  • Measurement and monitoring of material flows and trace substances of all types; expert assessment for acceptance testing and preparation of heat and material balances and guarantees
  • Measurement of odors and dispersal of odors; predictions on dispersal of odors along with consultation on measures to minimize them

Quality Monitoring Compliant with DIN EN 14181

Operators need to periodically verify automatic measurement systems in compliance with the
DIN EN 14181 norm to ensure that the systems work correctly between maintenance checks.
With the QAL-3 program that we developed, you can carry out, assess, and document quality inspections of automatic emission measurement systems (AMS) required under the heading “QAL3” in DIN EN 14181. CUSUM control charts are used to determine and assess the drift and precision of the AMS. The QAL3 program, based on Microsoft Excel, is easy to use. All data in the automatic emissions measurement systems is evaluated, displayed as graphics, and documented.

Functions of Our QAL3 Program

  • Input of device uncertainties from the suitability testing (QAL1) for calculating standard deviations
  • Entering test data during maintenance intervals
  • Determining relevant values for specifying drift deviation as stated in DIN EN 14181
  • Determining drift according to standard practice for monitoring emissions
  • Graphical representation of the test gas values and drifts
  • Output of measures required, such as adjustment and maintenance
  • Schedule tracking

Basic Information About the Measurement of Emissions

Typical examples of emissions include gas and particulate pollutant emissions from smoke stacks, odor emissions, and particulate emissions from dumps. As an authorized measurement agency, we comply with immission control regulations and are accredited as a measurement agency in compliance with the DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 norm. Our experts can test your plant based on technical air quality control instructions and the immission control law .

Other standards include:

  • DIN EN 14181 and VDI 3950, for quality assurance and performance of functional testing and calibration of continuous measurement systems
  • DIN EN 15259 (VDI 4200), listing requirements for measurement sections and sites and the measurement objectives, plan, and report

Examples of Plants Monitored

  • Plants – in compliance with clean air control regulations
  • Large combustion plants and gas turbine plants – in compliance with immission control regulations
  • Waste incineration and co-incineration sites – in compliance with immission control regulations
  • Crematoria – in compliance with immission control regulations
  • Facilities for biological treatment of waste – in compliance with immission control regulations
  • Specific installations that use organic solvents with the objective of reducing the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) – in compliance with immission control regulations