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A tool to evaluate the air quality impact of industrial plants

The project focuses on the development of a software tool
to evaluate the air quality impact of industrial emissions
based on the optimization of industrial processes and
third generation air quality models.

The TEAP project focuses on developing an integrated software tool to assist industrial plants to assess the air quality impact of their emissions on the surrounding areas, optimize the cost/effective balance and the production processes based on the air quality forecasts. The TEAP tool will provide industrial managers with a tool which will make use of new technologies such as Internet and mobile communications to ensure that inmission due to emissions of a specific industrial plant is qualitatively evaluated so that optimization of the production processes and cost/benefit analysis in industrial production processes are combined in an optimal way to keep the environmental impact within EU Directive Air Quality Limits. The scenario where TEAP will apply is a clearly identified industrial plant or a set of industrial plants confined in perfectly identified geographic location in which, once observed in the context of its surrounding areas (large urban areas, important services, etc.) the air quality concentrations (inmissions) should be monitored and evaluated. Monitoring networks are important tools to contribute to these environmental information systems but they fail to provide information in many areas of the study domain because there is simply no monitoring station located in such an area. Modelling tools are becoming an essential tool for this purpose. TEAP will cover this area efficiently. Future developments of the current air quality regulations in Europe are expected to put the emphasis on rapid responses to industrial leaks and also provide measures such as a short term response (hours) to avoid polluting above a determined level (fixed by the regulation). The forecasting capabilities of the third generation of air quality models will play an essential role in TEAP support on environmental strategies to avoid exceeding pollution levels. TEAP will also play an important role by providing managers of industrial plants as well as administrators of environmental bodies of the City or regional environmental offices with an important tool to help them all to implement a sustainable policy in compliance with the regulatory standards. TEAP will also take into account the specific characteristics of the industrial plant in order to provide a clear proposal for a reduced emission scenario in order to comply with air quality regulations. Today air quality regulations are set for inmissions (general) and emissions (plant dependency). TEAP will provide an answer to the impact of the studied industrial plant in relation to such inmissions. In other words, those responsible for the industrial plant will know in advance what the percentage of expected pollutant concentration associated with the industrial emissions is. A second phase is to take any emission reduction strategy which should be associated to cost/benefit analysis as well as the expected benefits. Taking the above statements into account, we can say that TEAP will provide two important benefits to industrial plants: a) prior knowledge of the importance of the industrial plant's contribution to the total expected pollutant concentrations in the areas where they operate, and b) The possibility to act in accordance with a cost/benefit analysis in order to reduce the emissions in the appropriate way in the near future (within the next 24-48 hours) in order to avoid exceeding those regulatory pollutant concentrations. The project is programmed to last 30 months with 6 months devoted to the definition phase and 24 months to the development phase. The main partner is the Environmental Software and Modelling Group of the UPM (the TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MADRID) (http://artico.lma.fi.upm.es) which has recognized experience in air pollution modelling and has participated in many EU-funded projects into R & D and IST programmes, the second Spanish partner is INDRA, (http://www.indra.es) an industrial partner with strong implementation in the industrial Spanish market, software development and communications. The third partner is the AUTH's Network on Innovation Quality and Sustainable Development at the ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY - Thessalonika (GREECE) (http:// www.urenio.org) with recognized experience in many EU projects related to Air Quality Modelling in R & D and IST programmes. Finally, the fourth partner is TITAN (http:// www.titan.gr/en/main.phtml) an industrial cement company which recently obtained a award for its systematic and consistent environmental policy - specifically its sustainable development management system from the EUROPEAN COMMISSION. The activities associated to each partner are: UPM: Coordination and developing and integrated mathematical air quality modelling system for general purpose industrial plants (MODIND). Quality assurance and quality control of the modelling system. Implementation of the third generation of mesoscale meteorological and transport air quality models. INDRA: Developing the communications interface between the input and MODIND and also between results of MODIND and user (two communication interfaces, one to the model and a second one from the model to the user). Testing MODIND in several industrial plants where INDRA has installed several environmental communication networks. AUTh's Network of innovation quality and sustainable development (IQS): Developing an integrated mathematical air quality modelling system for cement plants (MODCEM). Quality assurance and quality control. TITAN: Implementation of MODCEM and supply of industrial process data for developing the industrial process optimization module. The expected benefits of the project include a) unique environmental information for the industrial managers and b) possibility to optimize the production processes as well as comply with air quality regulations. Keywords: environment, air quality impact, industrial emissions.
Acronym: 
TEAP
Project ID: 
2 634
Start date: 
01-07-2001
Project Duration: 
30months
Project costs: 
2 620 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.