There is a growing concern in the European Union (EU) about the consequences of urban air pollution on public health. Although every EU country has been instructed to establish a network of air control stations in its cities, the limited number of these expensive fixed stations and the lengthy air sampling and data collection/processing does not allow fast dissemination of this information to the public. The objective of this project is to provide the EU with a cost-effective, upgradeable, user-friendly and intelligent air monitoring network covering Europe, and capable of meeting the 2005 air quality requirements. This dynamic network will, through the Internet via websites, not only inform on quasi real time the European citizens of air quality status anywhere in the EU, but also help the decision-makers to more effectively manage urban air quality. Fabrication of mobile and communicating (GSM/GPS) microstations will integrate low-cost, sensitive gas sensors based on nanostructered metal oxide materials.
The overall objective of this project is to provide the EU with a cost-effective, upgradeable, user-friendly and intelligent air monitoring network (mobile and communicating microstations) covering the whole European continent, complementing existing fixed air control stations, and capable of meeting the 2005 air quality requirements. This dynamic network will, through the Internet, not only inform on quasi real time the European citizens of air quality status (maps of NO2, NO, O3, CO, CO2 concentrations) anywhere in the EU, but also help the decision-makers to more effectively manage urban air quality by controlling factors such as road traffic, and also help scientists to refine mathematical predictions of urban air pollution in cities.
*deagglomerated nanosized powders of metal oxide semiconductors;
*optimum methods for dispersion of nanopowders in liquid medium; advanced substrates;
* NO2, NO, CO, O3 and CO2 sensors;
*electronic modules for sensor remote maintenance, and for GSM/GPS communication systems;
*air filtering/drying system;
*software for network administration, communications control and data processing;
*websites for information dissemination and network control.
Ultimate result: network of communicating gas sensing microstations linked to a central data processing station.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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