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NOx Emissions Testing

The emission of pollutants resulting from a multitude of activities (industry, transport, …) alters the atmospheric composition and degrade air quality. Control of gaseous pollutant emissions in the atmosphere has become a major challenge for the protection of human health and the environment. To avoid these risks, the regulation has established discharge limits thresholds for certain pollutants and requires periodic inspections whose frequency depends on the type of activity (from 3 months to 3 years). Accredited stack testing companies and/or Site Environmental Managers are responsible for conducting short to medium term environmental compliance monitoring tasks in a wide range of industries and processes such as power plants and large manufacturing facilities including paper mill, foundry, waste recycling facilities,  refineries…

NOx Portable Analysers

for Environmental Compliance in the power generation industry

Our customer, manufacturers and distributor of diesel, gas engines and power systems, has chosen AquaGas Monitoring Systems for the supply of handheld and portable NOx gas analysers. Convinced by the achieved performances, our client is using nowaday the GA12Plus and GA40TPlus gas analysers to ensure environmental compliance, combustion efficiency and optimal operating conditions of their small to large scale onsite power generators and associated filtration systems.

 

Each analyser comes with built in logger, NO, NO2 and O2 gas proprietary measuring cells, stack temperature sensor, flow and velocity measurement, advanced sampling systems, programmable monitoring sequences, wireless communications and deliver real time normalised (O2, Pressure and Temperature compensated, corrected on dry gas) concentrations with up to 18 hrs battery life.

The GA12 and GA40TPlus are multigas analysers and monitoring concept develop by Madur electronics. Madur was initially founded in 1984 in Vienna Austria and is now worldwide recognised manufacturer of reliable and cost effective equipment for gas analysis applications. Since 2013, Madur operates sales, production, service and R&D from their headquarters located in Poland to provide customers the most advanced solutions, the fastest possible with professional services and ongoing technical support.

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Environmental Monitoring and Process Control

AquaGas is supporting the global industrial community with high performance environmental and process monitoring systems (Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems, Air Quality Monitoring Systems, Online process analysers, Water Quality Monitoring Systems) specifically designed and built to meet your application requirements.

City Of Gold Coast

Committed to a better environment and sustainable future, AquaGas Pty Ltd is proud to assist the City of Gold Coast with the installation of a new gas monitoring system used to optimize the production of biogas as part of the government’s renewable energy target. Unlike natural gas derived from fossil fuels, Biogas is a mixture of gases produced by the fermentation process of fresh waste material in anaerobic (without air) conditions making biogas a renewable “natural gas” resource. With a complete monitoring system currently online, this new installation expands AquaGas references in the field of process control and environmental compliance at Biogas plant.

Biogas Monitoring Systems

for the City of Gold Coast

Biogas plants help to significantly reduce fugitive emissions of greenhouse gases and odour precursors while recovering energy for better process efficiency. There are multiple advantages in measuring biogas composition along the fermentation process and accurate online reading of CH4, H2S, CO2 and O2 have become our clients key factors in terms of plant operations and environmental compliance.

City of Gold Coast entrusted AquaGas Monitoring Systems for the supply, installation and commissioning of a biogas monitoring system ABYSS ABG as required to operate their three digesters each holding 27 ML, 15 ML and 15 ML each respectively. The turnkey and customised system delivered and commissioned by AquaGas enables safe plant operations, combustion efficiency and high reliability thanks to is a process sampling system with continuous liquid drain, dual stage pressure rated up to 10 bars, particulate filter, condensate trap and moisture alarm. At the heart of the system, the ABYSS ABG analyser from Ankersmid Sampling BVBA is fitted with high precision gas proprietary cells for simultaneous online measurements of CH4 content in % by NDIR (Non Dispersive Infra Red) and H2S traces down to 1 ppm (Electrochemical cell).

The ABYSS BIOGAS ABG and SYNGAS ASG Series are manufactured by Ankersmid Sampling BVBAANKERSMID® is well-known in the industry for more than 30 years now with subsidiaries in several countries (Netherlands, France, China, Romania, Germany, Korea etc.) and more than 100 employees world-wide assures ANKERSMID® in a leading position in the field of gas sampling and laboratory equipment. All products are designed and manufactured by ANKERSMID® Sampling Belgium including but not limited to gas sample probes, gas coolers, compact conditioning systems, NOx-converters as well as a complete range of universal gas sampling components. ANKERSMID® offering includes the most complete range of CEMS sampling system components and accessories completed with the versatile ABYSS series gas analysers. The modular and universal design of the CEMS components and accessories empowers cost effective, reliable and innovative system integration.

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Environmental Monitoring and Process Control

AquaGas is supporting the global industrial community with high performance environmental and process monitoring systems (Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems, Air Quality Monitoring Systems, Online process analysers, Water Quality Monitoring Systems) specifically designed and built to meet your application requirements.

Odour Control Systems

AquaGas Pty Ltd has been selected for the supply, installation, commissioning as well as long term servicing of two complete H2S monitoring systems used for emissions monitoring (CEMS) and process control at one of the most advanced  Odour Control System (OCS) currently under construction in NSW. This project provides AquaGas Pty Ltd with a new reference in OCS where accuracy and fast response time are fundamental in terms of environmental compliance and process automation.

Two Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Monitoring Systems

For the global leader in the packaging, paper and resource recovery industries

Our client, an engineering, procurement, construction management and technical consulting services for the Pulp & Paper, Recycling, Packaging and Waste to Energy industries has selected AquaGas Monitoring Systems to equip its new large scale Odour Control System with customised H2S online monitoring systems from Madur. Committed to a better environment and focused on sustainable technologies, AquaGas Monitoring Systems is extremely proud to be part of this project as this site becomes one of the most advanced waste recycling facilities in Australia, with zero effluent leaving the site. The two systems supplied are Mamos multigas analysers with heated sampling train, advanced gas conditioners, field replaceable measuring cells especifically integrated for online measurement upstream and downstream of GTC (Gas Treatment Centre) in OCS processes. The Mamos concept also offers advanced features for plant operators including but not limited built-in data logger, wide selection of IOs, Madcom realtime acquisition software, user programmable sampling sequences, automatic calibrations and self diagnosis.

More details on the Mamos analyser here: CEM and Process gas analyser.

The mamos is a multigas analyser and monitoring concept develop by Madur electronics. Madur was initially founded in 1984 in Vienna Austria and is now worldwide recognised manufacturer of reliable and cost effective equipment for gas analysis applications. Since 2013, Madur operates sales, production, service and R&D from their headquarters located in Poland to provide customers the most advanced solutions, the fastest possible with professional services and ongoing technical support.

MADE TO MEASURE

Environmental Monitoring and Process Control

AquaGas is supporting the global industrial community with high performance environmental and process monitoring systems (Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems, Air Quality Monitoring Systems, Online process analysers, Water Quality Monitoring Systems) specifically designed and built to meet your application requirements.

WT1 Fence Line Monitoring Solution

Fenceline Monitoring Solution for realtime mapping of physicals, chemicals and biologicals air pollutions.

MADE TO MEASURE” for the growing demand for flexible and affordable air pollution monitoring solutions, the WT1  is a multiparameter Fence Line Monitoring System easily deployable for smart cities mapping, roadside monitoring, air pollution and odours control at industrial sites, remediation sites as well as background air studies and environmental impact assessment. The WT1 Fence Line Monitoring System is designed by RUBIX Senses & Instrumentation for realtime measurement of air quality, noise, odours and vibrations in urban and rural area. 

Autonomous & Wireless, WT1® Watchtower fenceline monitoring system is designed for air pollution monitoring, environmental impact assessment and air quality control applications in urban and industrial areas. WT1® fenceline monitoring system consists in a network of field-based Gas & Odours monitoring stations with high precision sensors for low ppb gas concentrations in ambient air (H2S, RSH, NO2, NH3, SO2 …) in addition to VOC, odours, noise and particulates (from 0,3 to 17 µm). With its cutting edge cloud based data processing system (Rubix Soft SAS), the WT1® provides secured access from PC, Tablets or Phone to realtime reading, average, trends and  mapping of gas concentration with alarms and instrument status. The WT1® also offers key functions for odours surveys, plume prediction and air pollution impact assessment such as the ability to correlate high accuracy measurements in ppm, ppb or OU/M3 with sensory perception from multiple users (inspectors, surveyors or operators) and locations

WT1® fenceline monitoring system complies with

• Odour unit (EN 13725, ASTM E679)

• USEPA ( 40 CFR Part 53)

• EU ( 2008 /50/EC)

  • Scalable monitoring solution

    Modular and scalable, the WT1® fenceline monitoring system network is sized to your needs. Clear and accurate environmental data from Standalone analyser or sensors network  are available source by source, site by site or on a regional scale. Scalable instrument network for cities, large remediation sites, industrial areas, the WT1® fenceline monitoring system provides real-time air pollution data for efficient management of chemicals and olfactory pollution.

  • Realtime impact assessment

    Real Time alarm, customised mapping with online air pollution and nuisances data available from the RUBIX Soft SAS secured website, using any web browser to access safely your data, 24/7, anywhere in the world, the WT1 is a versatile tool for impact assessment and air pollution control in and around construction sites, industrial facilities.

  • Increased air pollution control capabilities

    Correlation with reference instruments can be provided via automatic on line sampling and dynamic olfactometry or field olfactometry and a simple correlation model building.

    Ideally suited to control biofilters, scrubbers and other odour control systems, WT1® fenceline monitoring system is typically designed to measure continuously the concentration of  a wide range of air pollutants and odour precursors including but not limited to  H2S, Mercaptans, Amines, NH2, SO2, CO2, CO, CL, C2HO4, H, HCl, HCN, NH3, O3, NO2, PH3, H2S, O2, SO2, CH4, NO, VOC, PM particles from 0,3 to 17 um.

  • Source identification

    Weather correlated AQM data with Temperature, Relative Humidity, wind speed and direction for Dynamic 3D mapping of dispersion plumes and automatic air pollution report with source identification in rural, industrial and urban areas.

AquaGas Pty Ltd

Integrated systems and Customised Services

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AquaGas Pty Ltd is committed to deliver turnkey monitoring solutions customised to today’s industrials needs

  • ONLINE WATER ANALYSERS

    Ammonium, Free or Total Chlorine, Hydrazine, Morphine, Phenol, Sulfates, Colour, Silica, Phosphates (Orthophosphates), Hardness, Aluminium, Chromium VI, Iron, Nickel, Lead, Zinc, TH, Alkalinity, Chlorides, Cyanides, Fluorides, Peracetic acid VFA, CaM…

    SERES® online water quality analyser offers multiple sensor and method configurations. Here are the typical  measuring parameter calibrated on the TOPAZ unit. For other parameters or different measuring ranges (MR), please consult us.

  • EMISSIONS AND PROCESS GAS ANALYSERS

    NO, NO2, NOx, SO2, CO, HCl, CO2, H2O, H2S, NH3, N2O, COS, SO3, CH4, HF, HCN, H2…
    Our strong partnerships implemented with world leading CEMS and Process gas analyser manufacturers as well as local distributors,  provide AquaGas with an extensive range of technologies, diverse measuring principle and sampling methods to design and build cost effective, versatile and high performance systems composed of instruments specifically selected  in consideration of the applications.

  • DATA ACQUISITION AND REPORTING SOFTWARE

    Data Aquisition Software (CDAS) is a fully MCERTS accredited (parts A, B, C1 & C2) real time data acquisition software – now available for touch screens and windows 10. CDAS is customisable and flexible, allowing it to collect raw data from a range of instruments for CEMS

  • ISOKINETIC SAMPLING CONSOLE

    Isokinetic sampler developed for short to medium term emissions monitoring, fulfilling all the requirements of the dioxins and persistent organic compounds (POPs), PCBs, metals, HCB and fine dust measurement standard within the same sampling train

  • HANDHELD and PORTABLE GAS ANALYSERS

    O2, CO, CO2, NO, NO2, SO2, H2S, H2, CL2, N2O and VOCs

    Professional flue gas analyser combining high quality of sample conditioning with great measurement accuracy for continuous emissions monitoring or online process measurement of up to 9 gases simultaneously.

AquaGas Pty Ltd – Enews – New Products – PID Analyzers

AquaGas Pty Ltd recently took over the technical and sales representation of PID Analyzers LLC (MA, USA) in Oceania. With more than 40,000 systems sold worldwide, PID Analyzers LLC offers performant and reliable solutions for a large panel of industrial and environmental applications. PID Analyzers LLC microprocessor based electronics is designed to control large range of gas proprietary sensors such as photoionization, flame ionization, thermal conductivity, flame photometry, infrared & amp; UV absorption, electrochemistry, capacitance…

Thus AquaGas complete its offer for Air Quality, Laboratory, Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems and process control with a versatile and powerful technology perfectly suited to today’s industries, environmental agencies and laboratories requirements. PID Analyzers LLC Gas Chromatography based technology enables ultra low (ppt) to process level (%) online measurement of a broad range of chemicals in ambient air and industrial emissions especially for the key components Sulphur compounds and Mercury.

 

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Sulphur Compounds Online Analysis

Ultra-Low level in Ambient air

The M301C® Gas Chromatograph analyser belongs to the fourth generation of GC developed by PID Analyzer LLC (USA) for online monitoring of wire range of gases including but not limited to Sulphur compounds (Mercaptans, COS, CS2, SO2, H2S, DMS, THT, EM, MM, DES…) in ambient (AQMS) and indoor air (OH&S).

 

 

AquaGas is supporting the global industrial community with high performance environmental and process monitoring systems (Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems, Air Quality Monitoring Systems, Online process analysers, Water Quality Monitoring Systems) specifically designed and built to meet your application requirements.

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Biogas Monitoring

Two Biogas Monitoring Systems

For a waste recycling facility in Victoria

AquaGas Pty Ltd has delivered two Biogas Monitoring Systems for H2S, O2 and CH4 online analysis at a biogas plant in Victoria. Our client, operator of 14 wastewater treatment plants and two ocean outfalls across Victoria, has selected the Mamos Biogas Analyser for its performances and reliability. The Mamos is specifically designed for online analysis of biogas primary constituents into process gas and emissions.

In addition to the numerous Mamos built-in functions, these systems offer application specific features implemented in collaboration with the plant operator.

Biogas plants are biological systems involving various interacting microorganisms that anaerobically degrade organic matter. The main product is biogas, a gas rich in methane (CH4) that can be used as a renewable fuel for vehicles or to generate heat or electricity for local use or for use via energy distribution grids.

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Integrated Systems and Customised Services

For better environmental performances.

  • ONLINE WATER ANALYSERS

    Ammonium, Free or Total Chlorine, Hydrazine, Morphine, Phenol, Sulfates, Colour, Silica, Phosphates (Orthophosphates), Hardness, Aluminium, Chromium VI, Iron, Nickel, Lead, Zinc, TH, Alkalinity, Chlorides, Cyanides, Fluorides, Peracetic acid VFA, CaM…

    SERES® online water quality analyser offers multiple sensor and method configurations. Here are the typical  measuring parameter calibrated on the TOPAZ unit. For other parameters or different measuring ranges (MR), please consult us.

  • EMISSIONS AND PROCESS GAS ANALYSERS

    NO, NO2, NOx, SO2, CO, HCl, CO2, H2O, H2S, NH3, N2O, COS, SO3, CH4, HF, HCN, H2…
    Our strong partnerships implemented with world leading CEMS and Process gas analyser manufacturers as well as local distributors,  provide AquaGas with an extensive range of technologies, diverse measuring principle and sampling methods to design and build cost effective, versatile and high performance systems composed of instruments specifically selected  in consideration of the applications.

  • DATA ACQUISITION AND REPORTING SOFTWARE

    Data Aquisition Software (CDAS) is a fully MCERTS accredited (parts A, B, C1 & C2) real time data acquisition software – now available for touch screens and windows 10. CDAS is customisable and flexible, allowing it to collect raw data from a range of instruments for CEMS

  • ISOKINETIC SAMPLING CONSOLE

    Isokinetic sampler developed for short to medium term emissions monitoring, fulfilling all the requirements of the dioxins and persistent organic compounds (POPs), PCBs, metals, HCB and fine dust measurement standard within the same sampling train

  • PORTABLE GAS ANALYSERS

    O2, CO, CO2, NO, NO2, SO2, H2S, H2, CL2, N2O and VOCs

    Professional flue gas analyser combining high quality of sample conditioning with great measurement accuracy for continuous emissions monitoring or online process measurement of up to 9 gases simultaneously.

Process monitoring in biogas plants

Why is process monitoring necessary?

Biogas plants are biological systems involving various interacting micro-organisms that anaerobically degrade organic matter. The main product is biogas, a gas rich in methane (CH4) that can be used as a renewable fuel for vehicles or to generate heat or electricity for local use or for use via energy distribution grids.

The degradation involves four consecutive biological processes: hydrolysis, acidogenesis, acetogenesis and methanogenesis.

 

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If one of these processes is negatively affected in any way there is an immediate influence on the other processes and the biogas plant can become unstable. Typical process failures include, among others, organic overload, hydraulic overload and ammonia inhibition. Process monitoring can help to understand what happens in a biogas plant and help to maintain a stable process. In many cases, a strongly inhibited micro-organism population or a total crash of the whole plant can have severe financial consequences for the biogas plant operator.

In general, process monitoring in anaerobic or other fermentation processes can help to:

  • Give an overall picture of the biogas process
  • Identify upcoming instabilities in anaerobic digester before a crash happens
  • Accompany a successful start-up or re-start of a plant

The costs of online monitoring are often much lower than the costs and lost revenue associated with re-establishing a biologically destabilised plant.

For example, if a biogas plant has totally crashed it may have to be emptied and filled again with new inoculum. This, together with the necessary start-up period, means that several months can be lost during which the plant could have operated at full load. The financial consequences can be devastating for the plant operator.

Key parameters in Biogas monitoring

Biogas plant

In biotechnological processes, the detailed monitoring of the fermentation product, in this case biogas, provides valuable information. Therefore, it is recommended to monitor both the volume of gas produced and the gas composition. With regard to process monitoring, a change in either gas production or gas composition can be an indicator of process imbalance.

Biogas primary constituents

  • CH4 and H2S measured during the methanation process give a good overall view of the performance of the degradation process and bacterial activity. A decrease in methane content can be a first sign of organic overload, provided that the feedstock mix has not recently changed. Similarly, a sudden increase in H2S can provoke process instability.
  • Simultaneous real-time monitoring of CH4, H2S and CO2 empower process automation (i.e. operation of scrubbers)
  • Before entering the distribution chain, the product must be qualified, again for economic reasons (excess H2S and/or CO2 in the CH4 would make it ‘sour’ and potentially corrosive enough to damage distribution infrastructure)
  • CH4, H2S, CO, CO2 and O2 Continuous Stack Emissions Monitoring required for environmental compliance

 

PROCEAS

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In general, a large variety of devices can be applied for measuring biogas production but in practice, as biogas is of variable gas composition, dirty, corrosive, wet, and produced at low pressure, measuring biogas volume and composition accurately is one of the most challenging parameters at a biogas plant. In the long run not properly designed systems can pose considerable problems due to corrosion, fouling or general deterioration when measuring raw biogas.

AquaGas Pty Ltd introduces the OFCEAS technology and Proceas BioGas analyser  designed by AP2e to address the analytical (online monitoring of biogas primary constituents) and operational (zero drift, minimum maintenance, no consumable, autonomous operation) biogas plants and methanation process monitoring requirements.

AP2e ProCeas BioGas

 

The ProCeas BioGas analyser features two patented technologies:

  • The OFCEAS IR Laser technology for enhanced specificity, selectivity, accuracy and stability (no instrumental response drift.):  The OFCEAS is a self-referencing spectrometer. This means that there is no need to re-analyse a zero and/or a span gas on a regular basis. The “zero” information is contained in the direct measurement spectrum while the “span” information is intrinsic to the analyser (pre-calibrated with 4 OD linear response).

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  •  The Low Pressure Sampling (LPS) system enabling low-cost installation thank to non-heated lines and reduced maintenance. Lowering the pressure of a gas sample reduces the bandwidth of the absorbance bands. At atmospheric pressure, simultaneous measurement of H2S (ppm’s) in presence of CO2 (10’s %), CH4 (10’s %) can be tainted by cross response / false positive due to spectral overlapping of CO2 and CH4 bands with H2S  information.  If operating at 100 mbar, all absorption bands have narrowed down to the point where there is no spectral overlap of the absorption bands. Cross response have been eliminated. 

OFCEAS Detection limits

When sampling gas from landfill, anaerobic digestion/bacteria and other fermentation processes, the use of a dedicated sampling system is necessary to ensure a specific sample preparation and to preserve your monitoring equipment. Another advantage of the LPS System is the ability to reduce the sample dew point (vapour pressure) to prevent the risk of condensation. The sample extraction is achieved by the use of a sonic nozzle. The sample is taken at a very low pressure (50 to 200 mbar abs, 100mbar nominal). At 100 mbar abs. the ambient temperature is almost always above the dew point eliminating the risk of condensation.

LPS biogas sampling probe

  • No heated line required to eliminate condensation: low power consumption, no related ongoing maintenance
  • Sample does not need to be treated – True Direct Extractive CEMS and Process analyser
  • No risk of absorption/desorption

The ProCeas offers sampling solutions tailored to the needs of the biogas production industry with automated sampling sequences and multipoint monitoring enabling fast, accurate and detailed analysis at various location with a single instrument: Raw biogas (1), processed biomethane (2), vented biogas (3) and stack emissions (4).

 

AP2e ProCeas multistreams

 

The Proceas Biogas Monitoring System is a cost effective online monitoring solution offering application specific features including:

  • Field proven technologies in the Biogas production industry
  • Simultaneous measurement of all primary constituents of Biogas
  • Fully automated standalone system (automatic calibration and sampling sequences)
  • Low Pressure Sampling (no sample condensation)
  • Deep particulate filtration
  • PFA and PTFE gas path (essential to avoid loss of components of interest)
  • Fast, accurate and reliable online analysis
  • No drift or deviation therefore minimal calibration requirements
  • Low-maintenance and user friendly system
  • Site specific sampling solutions

ProCeas Layout

The ProCeas analysers are manufactured and pre-calibrated by AP2e in France. The systems are built, integrated and tested in Australia by AquaGas. Standard systems are delivered fully integrated in a 19 inch rack suitable for installation in industrial settings (indoor 15-35C). For installation in hazardous area the BioGas Monitoring System is available in ATEX certified version.


 

ABYSS

Portable Biogas Analyser

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Short term measurement during start up conditions

The start-up of a biogas plant is a very sensitive process. Due to slow multiplication of some of the micro-organisms involved in anaerobic sludge and the consequent risk of hydraulic overload, the start-up of a biogas plant can take much longer than in other biotechnological processes. A start-up time of 1-2 months is nothing exceptional in biogas plants.

Therefore, the effort in process monitoring has to be highest during start-up. If the start-up is too fast, a sub-optimal biogas process can be the consequence because the most favourable micro-organisms have not multiplied in the biogas plant. In contrast, a slow start-up can cause a possible loss of income as time is taken to reach full load capacity. The frequency of the measurements should be increased during this crucial process steps.

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The  ANKERSMID Portable Biogas Analyser is especially designed so that detailed gas analysis can be carried out at any time in any place. The entire gas conditioning system is housed in a compact and robust carrying case which ensures that the components can be removed easily and gas analysis performed in an efficient manner: quickly, safely and with a  minimum maintenance. This system ensures reliable sample preparation without loss and prevents damage on the  analysis system used downstream.

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The ABYSS Portable Biogas Analyser uses a dual beam Infra-red cell highly resistant to corrosive flue gases and harsh environments of operation.  Its light weight rugged enclosure fitted LCD screen, safety filter and Quick Connect fittings enables efficient short term measurement of emissions and process gas in waste recycling facilities, industrial fermentation plants and associated odour filtration systems.


AquaGas is supporting the global industrial community with high performance environmental and process monitoring systems (Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems, Air Quality Monitoring Systems, Online process analysers, Water Quality Monitoring Systems) specifically designed and built to meet your application requirements.