Air Quality Monitoring Stations, Glasgow

  • Air Quality Monitoring Station, Byres Road Air Quality Monitoring Station, Byres Road
  • Air Quality Monitoring Station, Anderston Air Quality Monitoring Station, Anderston
  • Dometic Air Conditioner and Scientific Instruments Dometic Air Conditioner and Scientific Instruments
  • Air Quality Monitoring Station, Byres Road Air Quality Monitoring Station, Byres Road
  • Byres Road Station Interior Byres Road Station Interior
  • Date Completed:

    May 2014

  • Manufacturer:

    Dometic

  • Location:

    Byres Road/Anderston, Glasgow

  • Equipment:

    Packaged Air Conditioner

  • Client:

    Glasgow City Council

They might not look like much from the outside but these green boxes do some very important work for Glasgow.

They’re air quality monitoring stations, forming part of a network managed by Glasgow City Council.

B-DACS was asked to install air conditioning units in two stations to protect their scientific instruments. One is located on Byres Road, while the other is in Anderston.

Dometic Air Conditioning Installation

Measuring air quality requires several instruments and sampling pumps to run simultaneously. They’re all contained within the green box. In such a small space, the internal temperature can heat up quickly.

To minimise stress on the scientific equipment, it’s important for the station to maintain a consistent ambient temperature.

Some instruments have tight internal operating temperatures, so it’s vital to make sure they stay within them.

With this in mind, B-DACS was asked to install air conditioning units for the air quality monitoring stations.

Due to the limited space, we opted for Dometic B3200 air conditioners. This model was originally designed for use in caravans and it’s a great option for any tight spaces.

For such a tiny unit, it offers excellent performance and boasts a cooling capacity of 3.2kW.

Glasgow City Council’s Air Quality Monitoring Station

These monitoring stations automatically measure local air quality for several types of pollutant. These include oxides of nitrogen and PM10 particulate matter.

Glasgow has a few problems with these two pollutants in particular, so the research will help reduce their levels in the future.

There are 91 monitoring stations in the network throughout Scotland and all play their part in the National Air Quality Strategy.

The Byres Road station is also being used to collect data on black carbon as part of a European-funded project called Carbotraf. The aim is to investigate the link between traffic levels and black carbon emissions. This will eventually help to develop measures for improving traffic flow and air quality.