What are Non-Methane Volatile Organic Compounds

Non-Methane Volatile Organic Compounds (NMVOCs) are similar to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as they are a collection of organic compounds that differ in their chemical composition, but display similar behavior when in the atmosphere. NMVOCs exclude methane and possess compounds such as benzene, ethanol, formaldehyde, acetone, and more.

This type of compound is similar to greenhouse gases concerning the number of sources that emit it during their processes and operations. According to the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, emissions of NMVOCs have vastly increased over the past 50 years due to the advancement of technology, such as cars, industrial practices, agricultural processes, and more. 

Forming at the tropospheric level of the atmosphere, some of the chemical compounds classified in NMVOCs mixed with sunlight and nitrogen oxide are hazardous to vegetation. When high emission levels are present, human health may be affected by respiratory tract irritation. Research indicates that only a few substances included in NMVOCs are responsible for almost all harmful effects.

Emissions from road transportation have been more manageable as companies and people utilize more efficient transportation sources. However, some companies require the use of solvents, which is another contributor to NMVOCs. However, companies can manage the gases emitted from those practices by implementing a gas detection system.

Otis Instruments offers a variety of Wired and WireFree easy-to-use, robust and configurable gas detectors. Made in the USA, our high-quality products are capable of detecting both toxic and non-toxic gases and hazardous chemical compounds for diverse applications. To learn more information about gas detection solutions for your application, gas detection solutions for NMVOCs, or have a question for us, contact our team today.