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Nutrient analyzers and sensors for ammonia, nitrate and phoshate in water and wastewater

Nutrient analyzers and sensors

Products for high-precision analysis of ammonium, nitrate, nitrite, phosphate and total phosphorus

Nutrient analyzers and sensors control outlets of wastewater treatment plants to ensure regulatory compliance and minimize discharge fees. They help optimize aeration control and precipitant dosing during biological treatment of wastewater, and monitor denitrification processes to support you in supplying safe drinking water, mineral water and process water. To learn more about our colorimetric analyzers, optical sensors and ion-selective electrodes for nutrient analysis click the button below.

How to select nutrient analyzers and sensors

Nutrient analyzers and sensors are used in the water and wastewater industry. Their selection depends on the application. Choose in-situ sensors for nitrate and ammonia where fast trend measurement is required to achieve timely and precise process control. Select colorimetric analyzers for ammonia, nitrite, phosphate and total phosphorus when high-precision analysis of critical control points is needed to comply with limit values stipulated by water authorities.

Nutrient concentration in a liquid can be measured using the colorimetric measuring principle. The video above provides details on what the colorimetric measuring principle is and how it works.

Nutrients analysis with colorimetric analyzers

Reagents are added to the sample to “dye” the nutrient that is being analyzed. The color intensity is then measured photometrically, based on the fact that nutrients absorb light of a specific wave length. The absorption is proportional to the concentration of the dyed nutrient and it is determined using preset calibration curves. Some nutrients are not in the correct chemical form to provide a color reaction, they need to be prepared by adding a digesting reagent at an elevated temperature.

Colorimetric nutrient measurement principle ©Endress+Hauser

Nutrients analysis with optical sensors

This method is based on the fact that nitrate ions absorb UV light in the range of approximately 190 to 230 nm. The ultraviolet light of a flash lamp is transmitted through the medium. The beam is split and directed to two receivers with filters. One determines the light intensity at the measuring wavelength and one at the reference wavelength. The ratio between the two measurements is used as the measurement result and converted to the concentration of nitrate using a preset calibration curve.

Optical nitrate measurement principle ©Endress+Hauser

Nutrients analysis with ion-selective sensors (ISE)

The heart of the ion-selective electrode is a membrane that is selective for the specific ion to be measured. Ionophores are accommodated in this membrane. They facilitate the selective “migration” of the ions to the inside of the ISE electrodes. This change in charge generates an electrochemical potential. This potential is measured against a reference electrode with a constant potential. It is proportional to the ion concentration and not influenced by the medium's color and turbidity.

Ion-selective nitrate and ammonium measurement principle ©Endress+Hauser

Lợi ích

  • Our nutrient analyzers and sensors meet all requirements from fast inline measurement to regulation-compliant online analysis.

  • Our analyzers use standard colorimetric methods comparable to lab measurements:
    - Ammonia reagents: indophenol blue method
    - Phosphate reagents: molybdenum blue method or vanadate molybdate (yellow) method
    - Nitrite reagents: naphthylamine method

  • All reagents are supplied ready-to-prepare to ensure sufficient shelf life. They are delivered complete with the required material safety data sheets (MSDS).

  • Our sample conditioning systems ensure reliable sample preparation in all stages of wastewater treatment. They feature automatic backflush with air, water or cleaner.

  • With our Liquiline System CA80 analyzers, you can connect up to four additional Memosens sensors to get a more detailed process overview without the need for additional measuring devices.

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