New Analytical Odour Laboratory Opened at University

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The University of Worcester and leading odour control firm Air Spectrum Environmental Ltd have jointly opened their new analytical odour laboratory at the University’s National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU).

The formal opening of the Spectrum Odour Lab, a specialist odour threshold testing facility, marks a unique partnership between the University and Worcester-based Air Spectrum Environmental.

The company, which has twenty years of experience in the odour control industry, designs, manufactures and installs bespoke odour control and dust suppression systems across the world, working with high profile companies such as Tesco, Jaguar and Aston Martin.

The Spectrum Odour Lab will specialise in odour threshold analysis, offering a fast, accurate and efficient testing service to a range of companies across the UK.  The lab is equipped with state of the art analysis equipment which will handle up to 100 samples per day.

Steve Hunt, Managing Director of Air Spectrum Environmental Ltd, explains: “Odour is one of the biggest cause of nuisance complaints. This UKAS (UK Accreditation Service) approved European standard laboratory brings to the UK market a new, dynamic capability in olfactometry – odour sampling.”

The lab adds to the world-leading research facilities in the University’s Charles Darwin building. The facility is the home of NPARU, a leading institution in research and commercial activity in the area of aerobiology and the main provider of pollen forecasts, fungal spore forecasts and pollen data for the whole country. NPARU also contributes to the Met Office’s Weather and Health Forecasting service.

Professor Roy Kennedy, Director of NPARU and Professor of Aerobiology and Microbial Science, says: “This new laboratory measuring odours fits the research profile of NPARU.  Odour is an important component of the atmosphere, which is a vital part of NPARU’s research activities.”

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