Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 975–981, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-975-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 975–981, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-975-2021

Research article 09 Feb 2021

Research article | 09 Feb 2021

Use of an unmanned aircraft system to quantify NOx emissions from a natural gas boiler

Brian Gullett et al.

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Aerial emission sampling of four natural gas boiler stack plumes was conducted using an unmanned aerial system (UAS) equipped with a lightweight sensor–sampling system for nitrogen oxide pollutant measurements. The results were compared to simultaneous measurements from the stacks using conventional gas extraction methods. The emission values between the two methods varied by less than 6 %, demonstrating the accuracy of UAS-based pollutant measurements against a known source concentration.