1. Introduction to Air Pollution

  1. Christian Kennes and
  2. María C. Veiga
  1. Christian Kennes and
  2. María C. Veiga

Published Online: 13 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch1

Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy

Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy

How to Cite

Kennes, C. and Veiga, M. C. (2013) Introduction to Air Pollution, in Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy (eds C. Kennes and M. C. Veiga), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of La Coruña, Spain

Author Information

  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of La Coruña, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119943310

Online ISBN: 9781118523360

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Keywords:

  • Volatile pollutants;
  • odours;
  • particles;
  • biodegradation;
  • bioenergy;
  • mobile sources;
  • stationary sources

Summary

This chapter describes all major air pollutants (particulate matter, SOx, NOx, CO, CO2, VOC, odours, ozone), their characteristics and emission sources, as well as their environmental impact. The main air pollution control technologies are described as well. Some of those technologies are mass-transfer-based techniques (mainly absorption and adsorption), in which case it is sometimes possible to recover the volatile compound end eventually reuse it. Other technologies destroy the pollutants, converting them into innocuous end-products. Bioprocesses have traditionally been included in the latter category, whenever the pollutants are biodegraded into end-products such as water and carbon dioxide, among others. Another alternative to prevent air pollution is the development of environmental-friendly (bio)fuels. Unit conversions for volatile pollutants is explained as well.