Reducing particulate matter matters, say researchers

Researchers are investigating the role neutrons could play in developing particulate matter filters for petrol vehicles to reduce air pollution. A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are studying soot collection and removal in particulate filters with neutron imaging, a technique able to detect very fine layers […]

Dust-catcher tech ‘makes EVs truly emissions neutral’

A German postal service has teamed up with a filtration specialist to develop what it claims is the world’s first emission neutral vehicle. The Deutsche Post DHL Group has fitted MANN+HUMMEL’s air filter to five of its 5,000 StreetScooter delivery vans in a pilot test across five of the country’s city centres. Its reasoning is […]

Air pollution ‘harmed 82% of Europeans’ in 2015

In 2015, 82% of Europeans were exposed to particulate matter levels exceeding World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines. That’s according to new research from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which shows fine particulate matter is causing the premature deaths of more than 400,000 people across the continent every year. In the same year, 9% were exposed […]

EU air quality improved but has a long way to go

Air pollution in Europe has decreased since the turn of the millennium but stronger measures are needed. That’s according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which studied air quality trends from 2000 to 2014. Although the average amount of harmful particulate matter (PM) fell in 75% of monitored locations over the […]

Car park filters ‘could halve city air pollution’

Installing air purification equipment in underground car parks can reduce harmful particulate matter by up to half. Researchers from Eindhoven’s University of Technology have successfully tested an innovative filtering system from ENS Technology to remove soot and smoke particles from the air. The car park filters capture harmful, fine airborne dust and converts it to a […]