Analysis of the reactive nitrogen (Nr) balance as a tool for assessing the performance of air scrubbers at livestock facilities

F. Estellés, R.W. Melse, D.A.J. Starmans, N.W.M. Ogink

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Abstract

The environmental impact from livestock production is one of the main problems of this sector. Local and international regulations have been defined to reduce the environmental load of livestock farms. There are several techniques available aimed to the abatement of airborne emissions in farms. Among these techniques end-of-the-pipe approaches, such as air scrubbers, have turned into off-the-shelf techniques in Northern European countries such as The Netherlands. From the model calculations it follows that both balance methods are accurate, i.e. the systematic errors are very small. However, the air-based balance yields a considerably higher precision (i.e. the random error is small) than the combined balance. This difference in precision level depends on the removal efficiency and the applied ammonia measurement method
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLelystad
PublisherWageningen UR Livestock Research
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameReport / Wageningen UR Livestock Research
PublisherWageningen UR Livestock Research
No.376
ISSN (Print)1570-8616

Keywords

  • livestock farming
  • emission
  • animal manures
  • ammonia
  • odours
  • greenhouse gases
  • environmental management
  • eu regulations
  • legislation
  • environmental policy
  • air cleaners
  • measures
  • particulate matter

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