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Integrated air quality sensor for energy efficient environment control

Objective

Space heating accounts for more than 50% of the energy consumption of public & residential buildings, and reduction of this energy demand is a key strategy in the move to low energy/low carbon buildings. The careful management of air flow within a building forms part of this strategy through the control of inlet fresh air and exhaust air, maximising air re-circulation, and minimising the amount of fresh air which is often drawn in through a heat exchanger. However, there is a high risk that the air quality is reduced. Continued exposure to environments with poor air quality is a major public health concern in developed and developing countries. It is estimated that the pollutants responsible for poor air quality cause nearly 2.5 million premature deaths per year world-wide. Significantly, around 1.5 million of these deaths are due to polluted indoor air, and it is suggested that poor indoor air quality may pose a significant health risk to more than half of the world’s population. Perhaps surprisingly, remedial action to improve air quality is often easy to implement. Relatively simple measures such as increased air flow through ventilation systems, or a greater proportion of fresh air to re-circulating air are sufficient to improve air quality. Low-energy air purification and detoxification technologies are available which will reduce the concentration of specific pollutants. Similarly, filtration systems (e.g. electrostatic filters) can be switched in to reduce the level of the particulate matter in the air (the principle pollutant responsible for poor health). The INTASENSE concept is to integrate a number of micro- and nano-sensing technologies onto a common detection platform with shared air-handling and pre-conditioning infrastructure to produce a low-cost miniaturised system that can comprehensively measure air quality, and identify the nature and form of pollutants. INTASENSE is a 3-year project which brings together 8 organisations from 5 countries.

Call for proposal

FP7-2011-NMP-ENV-ENERGY-ICT-EeB
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Coordinator

C-TECH INNOVATION LIMITED
Address
Capenhurst Technology Park
CH1 6EH Chester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 410 250
Administrative Contact
Robert Bell (Mr.)

Participants (7)

ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 367 500
Address
Paseo Manuel De Lardizabal 15
20018 San Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gemma Garcia-Mandayo (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET ILMENAU
Germany
EU contribution
€ 366 800
Address
Ehrenbergstrasse 29
98693 Ilmenau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Mirow (Mr.)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 363 000
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Helmut Knapp (Dr.)
Gooch & Housego (Torquay) Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 221 500
Address
Broomhill Way Unit A
TQ2 7QL Torquay Devon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Robertson (Dr.)
U.C. TECHNOLOGIES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 232 150
Address
Thorbeckestraat 75A
5301NE Zaltbommel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ton Hauzer (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 301 846
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicholas Hewitt (Prof.)
ADVANTIC SISTEMAS Y SERVICIOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 202 308
Address
C Zurbano 83 Escalera Izquierda 3A
28003 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Javier De Las Heras (Mr.)