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Evaluation of Electrostatic Particle Ionization and BioCurtain™ Technologies to Reduce Air Pollutants from Broiler Houses
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 29(6): 975-984. (doi: 10.13031/aea.29.10011) @2013
Authors: Sheryll B Jerez, Saqib Mukhtar, William Faulkner, Kenneth D. Casey, Md Saidul Borhan, Raleigh Allen Smith
Keywords: Ammonia, BioCurtain™, Electrostatic charging, Ionization Odor, Particulate matter, Poultry housing.
The continuing growth of poultry production, along with the increasing urbanization of rural areas, is leading to more odor-related complaints from neighboring communities and more scrutiny from policy makers. It is, therefore, in the best interest of poultry producers to look at control methods for abating odors. Previous studies have shown that substantial amounts of volatile and odorous compounds are adsorbed and transported by dust particles. Thus, by reducing the amount of dust emitted from poultry facilities such as broiler houses, odor may be reduced as well. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of two commercially available control technologies (BioCurtain™ and electrostatic particle ionization (EPI) system) in reducing the total suspended particulate matter (TSP), particulate matter