Title: Field test of available methods to measure remotely SO2 and NOx emissions from ships
Authors: BALZANI LÖÖV JacobALFOLDY BalintBEECKEN JörgBERG NiklasBERKHOUT A.j.c.DUYZER J.GAST L.f.l.HJORTH JensJALKANEN Jukka PekkaLAGLER FriedrichMELLQVIST JohanPRATA FredVAN DER HOFF G.r.WESTRATE H.SWART D.p.j.BOROWIAK Annette
Citation: ATMOSPHERIC MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES DISCUSSIONS vol. 6 p. 9735–9782
Publisher: COPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC85136
ISSN: 1867-8610
URI: http://www.atmos-meas-tech-discuss.net/6/9735/2013/amtd-6-9735-2013.pdf
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC85136
DOI: 10.5194/amtd-6-9735-2013
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Methods for the determination of ship fuel sulphur content and NOx emission factors based on remote measurements have been compared in the harbour of Rotterdam and compared to direct stack emission measurements on the ferry Stena Hollandica. The methods were selected based on a review of the available literature on ship emission measurements. They were either optical (LIDAR, DOAS, UV camera), combined with model based estimates of fuel consumption, or based on the so called ‘sniffer’ principle, where SO2 or NOx emission factors are determined from simultaneous measurement of the increase of CO2 and SO2 or NOx concentrations in the plume of the ship compared to the background. The measurements were performed from stations at land, from a boat and from a helicopter. Mobile measurement platforms were found to have important advantages compared to the landbased ones because they allow to optimize the sampling conditions and to sample from ships on the open sea. Although optical methods can provide reliable results it was found that at the state of the art, the “sniffer” approach is the most convenient technique for determining both SO2 and NOx emission factors remotely. The average random error on the determination of SO2 emission factors comparing two identical instrumental set-ups was 6%. However, it was found that apparently minor differences in the instrumental characteristics, such as response time, could cause significant differences between the emission factors determined. Direct stack measurements showed that about 14% of the fuel sulphur content was not emitted as SO2. This was supported by the remote measurements and is in agreement with the results of other field studies.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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