Easy On-line microLFA

Easy On-line microLFA: Field test of a reliable and Easy to use microLFA based nutrient sensor package for Ferrybox On-line monitoring applications

User group PI: Luca Sanfilippo, SYSTEA S.p.A., Italy

Hosting infrastructure: Ferrybox system on MS Color Fantasy, Norway

Main Objectives

The application of automatic and continuous procedures in FerryBoxes show often the problem that there are no appropriate (long-time-stable, robust, sufficient precise) sensors on the market available. Especially the development of new sensors which operate unattended are welcome, as this saves maintenance, financial and logistical efforts. This is an interesting topic throughout the European partners in JERICO and other projects, too.

The proposed TNA project is aiming to test in operative conditions an updated version of the Micromac-1000 on-line analyzers manufactured by SYSTEA S.p.A. to be extensively used in FerryBox systems for unattended nutrients monitoring in sea and surface water. The proposed field test will be performed in the facilities of Norwegian Institute for Water Reseach (NIVA), partner of Jerico-NEXT project. We are prospecting to test 3 monoparametric analytical modules (NH3, NO3 and PO4), to be integrated in the existing FerryBox system layout and local control unit; SiO2 module could be included as alternative to NO3 one.

The units will be provided by SYSTEA already prepared to be installed and operated unattended. NIVA will allow SYSTEA remote access on daily basis to the acquired measurement data, to regularly check the unit’s performance; NIVA will provide the logistic support to access, install and maintain the monitoring devices.

To improve the easy integration in Ferrybox systems, usability, long-term measurement reliability, we propose a long term unattended test of a set of three updated modular on-line modules, based on μLFR hydraulics, to measure:

  • NH3 by OPA fluorimetric method
  • PO4 by Rhodamine 4G fluorimetric method
  • NO3 by VCl3 NO3 reduction +NED-SAA spectrophotometric method or, as alternative
  • SiO2 by Molibdenum blue / Ascorbic acid spectrophotometric method having the same main technical characteristics already listed for the former TNA, adding the following ones:
  • high sensitivity to allow unattended monitoring in open sea
  • lower weight than the standard Micromac-1000 analyzers
  • close hydraulic connection with a refrigerated reagents compartment (included in our supply), to be mounted below the modular units
  • local programming and management by a single touch screen colour display, allowing easy data collection through Ethernet by the Ferrybox control unit.

Water samples will be periodically collected for lab-based nutrient analysis at NIVA as reference measurements.