Skip to main content

Ultra-broadband infrared gas sensor for pollution detection

Objective

Air pollution is one of the largest risk factors for premature death, yet current portable monitoring technology cannot provide adequate protection at a local community level.

• TRIAGE will develop a smart, compact and cost-effective air quality sensor network for the
hyperspectral detection of all relevant atmospheric pollution gases
• Resolution and selectivity are two orders of magnitude better than current solutions for lower cost
• Cloud-based, deep-learning algorithms enable automated short-term alerts and long-term trend analysis
• Community-based testing is agreed with Swedish and Swiss environmental agencies and transport companies

The sensor is based on an innovative, mid-IR supercontinuum laser providing ultra-bright emission from 2-10 µm in the infrared “fingerprint region.” The latest spectroscopic technology, including novel multi-pass cell and detectors, enables real-time detection of all major harmful gaseous components of air pollution with high sensitivity and selectivity, at levels far below the Immediate Danger to Life and Health (IDLH) concentrations. Precision multi-gas detection allows studies of synergistic effects from combinations of gases for the first time. In-built chemometric analysis and cloud connection will feed deep-learning algorithms and data storage to enable analysis ranging from long-term trends in air pollution to urgent local alerts.

This smart photonic approach enables pervasive community-based sensing, allowing inventories of emitted pollutants and identification of pollution hotspots. Agreements with local authorities in Stockholm and Neuchâtel for distributed pollution monitoring from municipal buildings and with local bus companies in Sweden and Switzerland for mobile validation are in place.

A comprehensive advisory board, TRIAGE-NET, ensures participation from end-users, large industrial players, environment agencies and local public communities. Outline business cases for commercialization are provided.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 668 312,50

Participants (8)

VIVID COMPONENTS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 193 200
Address
Sigma House Oak View Close
TQ27FF Torquay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NKT PHOTONICS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 397 862,50
Address
Blokken 84
3460 Birkerod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 539 615
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SENSEAIR AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 507 150
Address
Po Box 96
820 60 Delsbo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 1 193 412,50
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
NORBLIS IVS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 612 598,88
Address
Virumgade 35 D
2830 Virum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 587 875
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VIGO SYSTEM S.A.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 294 274,58
Address
Poznanska 129/133
05-850 Ozarow Mazowiecki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)