What a great way to start December 2019! Last week we kicked-off a new project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Together with our partner Tridel Technologies, Inc. we commissioned a new eNose network for our client Dubai Municipality. After a Websuite, the onlinemonitoring platform, training session the client is now fully equipped to start generating useful insights about changes in the local air quality.
During the past 10 years, VITO (Belgium Research Institute) and Comon Invent have jointly carried out research into the use of electronic noses (eNoses) for monitoring, among other things, odor and safety-relevant substances in port areas.
Last week, during an afternoon seminar in Ghent, Belgium, informative sessions on the operation and applications possibilities of the eNose was organized by VITO and Comon Invent. In these sessions several topics were discussed: practical cases such as eNose monitoring at TATA STEEL Europe and Metallo Belgium, fields of application, project governance structures and the technology behind air quality monitoring with eNoses.
Together with all the stakeholders in the We-nose project of the Port of Rotterdam we are continuously working on new developments to improve air quality monitoring in the port of Rotterdam area.
Please read the translated article (original was published by the Port of Rotterdam – dutch only) about the current project developments below.
Original article published by: Port of Rotterdam Authority
Publishing date: 24-09-2019
Noses for better air quality in the port
The port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe, but the ambition is not the size of the port: we want to be the smartest port in the world. And this means innovating in all possible areas. This also applies to air quality and safety. Currently, around 20 companies in the port are working together with the DCMR Environmental Protection Agency Rijnmond and the Port of Rotterdam Authority to detect sudden changes in the air of the port of Rotterdam through the we-nose network. This means that action can be taken quickly and in a targeted manner if necessary.
In recent years, the Port of Rotterdam Authority has installed more than 250 electronic noses – e-noses – in the port. The e-noses monitor the composition of the air via sensors that detect changes. They then send this information wirelessly to a central monitoring server. This central network is a service offered by the Port Authority that companies and government departments can use. The pivot of special cooperation is that all parties have access to the information of the system. The information from the e-noses is simultaneously shown live on screens in the control room of the DCMR and in the control rooms of companies. Hence the name of this network: we-nose.
In case of emergency
The purpose of the network is twofold: companies can recognize and remedy unwanted emissions at an early stage on a daily basis, preventing odor nuisance, for example. In the event of an emergency where hazardous substances are released, the network can also be used to support security services. In addition to the 250 we noses, a number of companies have installed their own noses on their site. These company noses are often adjusted even more precisely so that the companies have a continuous view of the air composition on their own site. The information of the company noses is in fact visible on a screen in their control room. In an emergency, they can share the data of their company noses with the authorities. “The men and women of the fire brigade, police and other security services are committed every day to protect us in the event of disasters in the port,” says Janhein van den Eijnden, managing director of Vopak Rotterdam and one of the participating companies. “I would like to contribute to supporting them wherever possible. In addition, we naturally want to know immediately if there is a change in air quality in our working environment ”.
A good neighbor
Working with hazardous substances is a daily routine for Vopak. The company specializes in the storage and handling of liquid chemicals and gas and oil products. Van den Eijnden: “Many people work and live on top of each other in the port area and surroundings. This makes safety and environmental management extra important, but also a major challenge. We must tackle this challenge together. We always try to innovate: innovations such as e-noses are naturally part of that. ”At Vopak they use two different types of digital systems. The first is a real-time overview and the e-noses provide the input for this. The second is an intelligent system that makes predictions based on the weather and planned work. Based on the information they receive from this, they can make operational decisions.
Vopak was the early-adopter with the use of e-noses in our port area. “With the e-nose, you quickly notice any odor spread and you can prevent potential nuisance, and therefore potential complaints. You want that as a company, don’t you, “says van den Eijnden.
A number of times a year the parties sit down together; the participating companies, the DCMR, Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region, Port of Rotterdam Authority and Comon Invent, the network manager. During these discussions the user experiences and the future vision are discussed. Everyone can indicate here how the network and collaboration are experienced and how they see the future of the we-nose network. Simon Bootsma, director of Comon Invent, announced the latest developments at the last meeting. Comon Invent, the DCMR and companies are currently testing the possibility of automatic source recognition. The intention is that in the future the system itself can “think”, recognize situations and propose targeted actions.
Simon said: “The system learns while it is being used. Every case makes the system a little smarter. For example, it can quickly recognize the patterns of degassing ships and the appropriate parties can be quickly informed of the situation via the control room of the DCMR. ”With this special collaboration, all parties are working on a smart and safe port.
Odour nuisance is one of the largest sources of nuisance in North Holland. That is why the province of North-Holland (PNH), together with the Port of Amsterdam (HbA), installed eNoses in the Amsterdam port area and along the North Sea Canal in 2015. The aim is to increase the quality of life in the Port area and surroundings with regards to odour. In 2018, the province expanded the eNoses network with 40 eNoses along the North Sea and Amsterdam-Rhine canal. This is to be able to monitor the provincial environmental ban with regard to floating degassing of ships. The eNose network now consists of 84 eNoses. The monitoring is carried out by the North Sea Canal Area Environment Agency (ODNZKG). The annual report eNose network North Sea Canal Area and Amsterdam-Rhine Canal 2018 contains the conclusions about odour monitoring with the eNoses.
The annual report can be accessed through this link (Dutch only).
Article published by: Omgevingsdienst Noordzeekanaalgebied
Publishing date: 02-05-2019
In the September 2018 edition of the magazine Europoort Kringen Comon Invent is covered. Simon Bootsma elaborates on how the company found its existence and how it has grown to become a market leader in online air quality monitoring today.
With a focus on air quality monitoring in an around oil movement operations, Comon Invent has proven to bring additional value in terms of creating awareness in odour nuisance and safety related situations. With over 90 projects in 20 countries worldwide, Comon Invent’s approach to air quality monitoring has landed and is now successfully being applied by oil terminals, refineries, port authorities and environmental protection agencies.
Read the full article (Dutch only) here
source: Europoort Kringen, September 2018
Comon Invent will be present at the Port Congres Rotterdam 2018 “Havencongres” on April 18th! The theme of the conference covers sustainability and innovation in the port of Rotterdam. At the experience market you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with our eNose solutions and get a live demonstration of the online platform Websuite. Come by at the experience market and experience all the possibilities of online (odour) emissions monitoring we have to offer!
Come check us out at the conference! In the meantime, you can always visit the conference website to get the latest updates. Click here to visit
Comon Invent is a global B2B service provider offering all services to operate wireless eNose networks for the continuous monitoring of ambient air and malodours in the environment. To be able to effectively control unpleasant odours and to identify any release of hazardous substances at an early stage, eNoses continuously monitor the air composition. Real-time information about changes in the air composition is presented via the online platform “Comon Websuite”. This real-time information is instrumental to terminal & HSE management for operational process monitoring as well as port authorities and governments to create situational awareness and maintain a healthy, safe and attractive port and living environment.
On March 20th the Dutch National Odour Conference will be organized by VMM (Network for Environment Professionals). The theme of this years conference is “odour nuisance: national and local”. Odours play an important role in the quality of the living environment. Often in a pleasant way, but also in a less pleasant way. An important effect of undesirable odours is nuisance, for instance annoyance. During the conference the multiple possibilities of reducing nuisance situations will be highlighted.
During a dedicated panel session concerning new technologies to monitor odours, Comon Invent will present a case about eNose monitoring and getting a grip on odour nuisance. Amongst others, the Port of Rotterdam Authority will also present a case about how eNoses in the We-nose project are applied in the Port of Rotterdam. Moreover, the additional value of applying eNoses in complex odour situations will be highlighted in a separate session.
For a detailed conference program please click here
The Municipality of Moerdijk wants to continue with the 29 eNoses that have been installed in the vicinity of the Moerdijk Port and industrial area since 2013 for a period of at least 3 years. These so-called “sniffing poles” – eNoses measure relative changes in the air composition and help determine the origin of released substances.
The eNose network has been installed since 2013. It was first initiated by both public and private stakeholders: Municipality of Moerdijk, Province of North-Brabant, Port Authority Moerdijk, Shell and ATM. Later on during the project, Municipality Strijen, Safety Region Central & West Brabant, Attero, CNC and BEWA also joined.