Recent Advances in Odour Control Technologies

Date: 19th September 2018

Location: Cloth Hall Court, Leeds

The conference will explore the latest technologies and techniques that are available to measure, monitor and evaluate the impact of odours and assist with compliance.  


Environment Agency – 1 Paper TBC

Session 1 – Odour Modelling and Data Collection

Enhancing odour risk management through real time monitoring of odorous emissions from Wastewater Treatment Plants

Peter Winter, Principal Research Engineer, Chaim Kolominskas2, General Manager, Dejan Vernon1, Senior Research Scientist, Tony Martinez1, Operational Technology Programme Delivery, 1 Thames Water, UK, 2 Envirosuite, Spain

Since June 2017, Thames Water has been managing odorous emissions at two large WWTP to:

  • Improve odour performance and reduce customer impact by using real-time H2S and predictive weather data on odour risk and plant performance
  • Managing the performance of a recently upgraded STW including £24M investment in odour control. Thames has committed to reducing the number of properties in the area affected by odour by more than 99%.

Odour Decoder in action: Lessons learnt and the way forward

Vyvyan Evans, Waste Water Graduate, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, UK

Dŵr Cymru staff have developed an Odour Tracking app to record their experience of sewage related odours in a simple and engaging way. Following an internal trial this is due to be launched to customers shortly.

Relationship between hydrogen sulphide and odour units for London sewage

Dr Sofia Georgaki, Odour and Ventilation Lead, Tideway/ Jacobs, UK

  • Studies from olfactory testing, to identify whether H2S is the dominant odour and an acceptable indicator for odour generated in sewage systems.
  • Extensive sampling and testing on the relationship between H2S and odour units.
  • Studies to assess that the derived correlation can appropriately estimate the odour concentration at release points from a large CSO control tunnel system.

Session 2 – Odour Management Strategies

A Strategic Review of Odour Control and Management at Seafield Wastewater Treatment Works – Technical, Engineering and Community Engagement Issues

Alun McIntyre1, Technical Director, Phil Longhurst2, Professor of Environment & Energy Technology, 1 Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions UK Ltd. UK, 2 University of Cranfield, UK

  • Best practice scientific odour assessment methods;
  • The importance of stakeholder engagement approaches; and
  • The application of technical skills in solutions development.

Development of odour abatement notional solutions to reduce odour impact of existing sewage treatment works through use of odour dispersion modelling

Dr Vasileios Mathioudakis, Technical Specialist, Yorkshire Water, UK

  • Use of odour dispersion modelling to develop odour abatement notional solutions.
  • Odour impact assessment of individual odour sources or groups.

Practical Management of Odour Emissions, Perceptions and Workload – a Case Study in AD

Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas, UK

  • Deliverability – robust design; practical to install; affordable;
  • Adaptability – variable inputs; changing site conditions; variable treatment; add new point sources;
  • Responsiveness – be a ‘good custodian’; frequent monitoring; speedy report response; feedback to adaptations; demonstrate assurance to stakeholders

Session 3 – Technological Innovation

Biological Odour Reduction – a Novel Prebiotic Approach

Mary Keenan, non-exec Director, EKOGEA UK Ltd. and Int’l Business Dev. Mgr., EKO GEA, Slovenia

  • Polyuronic acid content in BCx provides huge ion exchange capacity – ammonia, H₂S, and mercaptan reduction.
  • Microbial feeding and protection promotes microbial health via the algal oligosaccharides and trace element content in BCx. Any organic waste process benefits from the biological odour reduction BCx lends.
  • In addition to odour reduction, BCx ensures robust mineralisation of organics, speeding waste treatment processes – in WwT, AD, MSW, and composting – with odour reduction as a co-benefit.

Heraeus UV-solution for odour reduction in industrial applications

Dr June Shen, Project & Sales Manager, Heraeus Noblelight, Germany

  • Using Ultraviolet light for regeneration of exhaust air and reduction of the odour is the one of the latest Technologies in industrial air Treatment.
  • This new technology focuses on the characteristics of the instable content and very changeable industrial off-gassing.
  • Heraeus UV offers, high efficiency and low cost solutions for high air flow/volume as well as low concentrate and strong odour exhaust air.

Title TBC

Thom Gornall, Sales Manager, CSO Technik

Anticipated audience:

  • Site and/or compliance managers
  • Permitting officers
  • Regulators
  • Odour professionals


A limited number of exhibition spaces will be available in the breakout area – please contact Frances (as above) for further details or download the booking form.


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