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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Innovative Approaches to Capture Nitrogen and Air Pollutant Emissions from Poultry Operation: ...

Location: Poultry Production and Products Safety Research

Project Number: 6226-63000-003-20
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Sep 01, 2012
End Date: Aug 31, 2015

Objective:
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate to broiler producers nationwide that properly designed Vegetative Environmental Buffers (VEBs) combined with acid scrubbers on exhaust fans will result in dramatic reductions in ammonia, particulate matter (PM), and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.

Approach:
Scientists at Fayetteville, AR, will build five ammonia scrubbers developed and patented by the Co-PI. Two scrubbers will be installed at broiler farms in Delaware, two on a farm in Arkansas, and one in Pennsylvania. Ventilation rates and concentrations of ammonia and total suspended particulates will be measured periodically inside the facilities and in exhaust air with and without scrubbers. Nitrogen accumulation in the scrubbers will be quantified, along with the time required for maintenance and operational costs.

Last Modified: 8/30/2014
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