A team from IRDA and CRIUCPQ has been working on developing an air treatment unit to reduce pig farm emissions. The objective of the project was to improve the existing experimental design to produce a commercial unit that is cheap to install and operate.
The first phase of the project was aimed at adapting the design of the air treatment unit (ATU) developed by IRDA to produce a commercial unit to be installed at a pig farm. Based on the new concept, we evaluated the efficiency with which the ATU captures standardized dust particles, artificially suspended virus models, and aerosols naturally generated on pig farms. The long-term performance of the ATU on a commercial scale was then evaluated. The last phase of the project was a cost-benefit analysis of this technology.
From 2016 to 2018
Air quality, Coexisting in an agricultural environment
This technology developed by IRDA minimizes the spread of infectious diseases and reduces odours generated by swine production.
Les éleveurs de porcs du Québec | Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie du Québec | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Stored pig manure is a major source of greenhouse gases. The main objective of this project was to demonstrate the long-term performance of a biofilter.
Researcher: Matthieu Girard
This project aimed to evaluate the purification capacity of different configurations of swales planted with shrubs or perennial grasses to serve as vegetative filter strips.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser
The objective of the project was to demonstrate that next generation hog barn design (slatted floors over 2/3 or more of the area) generate less odor.