As the world’s societies increasingly focus on efficiency and sustainability, so do the market opportunities for aluminum. Aluminum plays a vital role in fulfilling the principles of the Paris Agreement and achieving the goal of zero carbon emissions. However, aluminum production is energy-intensive; innovations are needed to reduce energy use or allow idle energy.

Challenges in the aluminum sector related to air quality management

  • Halving emissions during aluminum production by 2050 —3% of the world’s greenhouse gases occur in aluminum production. The fact that aluminum production will increase by 2-3 times this year justifies this environmental concern.
  • Delivery of production residues to the environment in the aluminum production process Wastes that pollute the air include particulate matter, fluorite compounds, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, and multi-ring aromatics.
  • Failure to identify emissions in all production processesOne must assess the life cycle to analyze the environmental impacts of a manufacturing process or a process system.
  • Use of coal for energy supply in production. Since aluminum production requires intensive energy use, the effects of production on the environment are directly related to the production method of the necessary energy.
  • High cost and processing times of air quality measurement tools —Air quality measurement stations standardized by the EU (and similar organizations) are expensive to purchase and operate. Continuous monitoring is necessary to detect and reduce leaks. Traditional and many alternative methods are not designed to broadcast data to the cloud in real-time. This causes an increase in downtime in the facilities.
  • High risk of occupational diseases —The exposure to particulate matter, which consists of dust and smoke produced during the entire production and melting processes, is high.

Solution: Airqoon

Airqoon is a low-cost and easy-to-use air pollution monitoring and management solution that provides real-time, data-driven, actionable environmental intelligence to companies in the aluminum industry.

  • Airqoon sensor units are backed with airqoon cloud, and their compact size allows real-time air quality monitoring at every production stage.
  • Analyzing real-time and historical measurement data, Airqoon prepares monthly and annual air quality performance reports.
  • The cloud-based Airqoon sensor units are energy self-sufficient and are managed remotely with minimum intervention for maintenance.
  • With the help of continuous monitoring, environmental and occupational health risks are analyzed using high-resolution spatio-temporal data.