Science Inventory

DEVELOPMENT OF SAMPLING AND ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF NITROUS OXIDE FROM FOSSIL FUEL COMBUSTION SOURCES

Citation:

Ryan, J. AND S. Karns. DEVELOPMENT OF SAMPLING AND ANALYTICAL METHODS FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF NITROUS OXIDE FROM FOSSIL FUEL COMBUSTION SOURCES. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/R-93/088 (NTIS 93-194330), 1993.

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Description:

The report documents the technical approach and results achieved while developing a grab sampling method and an automated, on-line gas chromatography method suitable to characterize nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from fossil fuel combustion sources. The two methods developed have been documented in the form of U.S. EPA/AEERL Recommended Operating Procedures. The combustion of fossil fuels is suspected to contribute to measured increases in ambient concentrations of N2O. Accurate and reliable measurement techniques would help to assess the relative contribution of fossil fuel combustion N2O emissions to the increase in ambient concentrations. The characterization of N20 emissions from fossil fuel combustion sources has been hindered by the lack of suitable and acceptable grab sampling and on-line monitoring methodologies. Grab samples have been shown to be compromised by a sampling artifact in which N2O is actually generated in the sample container in the presence of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and moisture. On-line monitoring techniques are limited and, of those available, instrument costs are often prohibitive, detection levels are often insufficient, and the techniques are often susceptible to interferences present in combustion process effluents.

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Project Summary

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 05/25/1993
Record Last Revised: 12/30/2008
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 130003

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

AIR POLLUTION TECHNOLOGY BRANCH