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10 Oct 2017Air quality impact of a district heat network in Bradford

The CERC Consultancy team investigated the air quality impact of a proposed district heat network in Bradford city centre.

The network will provide heat generated by a new Energy Centre (gas-fired Combined Heat and Power engines and boilers) and two existing biomass boilers, to a number of existing and proposed buildings. As each building is connected to the network, any boiler plant within that building will be shut down.

In work commissioned by Sustainable Energy Ltd, ADMS 5 was used to carry out dispersion modelling of emissions from flues for three scenarios: current; counterfactual (without the proposed heat network) and future (with the proposed heat network).

A complex arrangement of multiple sources and buildings was modelled to calculate pollution concentrations at ground-level and elevated locations, representing residential building facades. The impact was also assessed at Bradford Metropolitan District Council's four city centre AQMAs.

For each modelled scenario, hourly varying emission parameters and pollutant emissions were calculated for each source, based on fuel use and/or energy demand. The damage cost was also calculated.

Follow these links to view the modelled area and contour images in higher resolution.

3 Oct 2017ADMS User Group Meetings 1-2 Nov: Draft agendas now available

The draft agendas for this year's ADMS User Group Meetings are now available. The meetings are being held at the studio Birmingham on the 1st and 2nd November. Places are limited, so please register before 23rd October. Software users with valid support are entitled to one free place at the relevant User Group Meeting for a single user licence, two free places for a 2-5 user licence and two free places for research and teaching licences. For all other attendees the fee is £175 per person per event (excluding VAT).

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19 Sep 2017Disaster Resilient Cities: CERC Workshop in Kuala Lumpur

In July 2017 CERC ran a 5-day workshop at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur which included training on air pollution modelling using ADMS-Urban and EMIT. The workshop was part of a multi-million pound project we first reported on in February this year that aims to develop a prototype multi-hazard platform for disaster management in Kuala Lumpur. The project looks at forecasting physical hazards from flash floods to landslides, urban heat extremes to local air pollution and is funded by the UK and Malaysian governments through the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund.

The workshop was attended by 14 delegates from different organisations involved with air quality in Kuala Lumpur, including the Malaysian Meteorological Department and Department of Environment, and the universities of Kebangsaan and Sains.

Further details can be found in our Forecasting Air Quality and Extreme Temperature in Cities presentation.


8 Sep 2017CERC sponsor Routes to Clean Air 2017

CERC are proud to sponsor the Institute of Air Quality Management's upcoming Routes to Clean Air 2017 conference to be held at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre on 24 - 25 October 2017.

The Routes to Clean Air conferences provide an opportunity for air quality, public health and transport professionals to share their experiences of improving air quality, particularly in urban areas. This year features an excellent selection of top experts in air quality and related fields presenting on a range of relevant topics including electric vehicles, NOx and NO2 emissions trends, Euro 6 emissions, pollutant health effects and air pollution mitigation scenario case studies.

Speaker details and information on how to register can be found on the IAQM website here.

CERC will be exhibiting at the conference, so come and find us to talk about the range of software and consultancy services we provide, or just say hello.

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