CARTIF PROJECTS

LIFE EQUINOX

New method that allows asphalt roads to “capture” NOx in the atmosphere

Description

In the strategy for air quality developed by the Spanish Ministry of Environment, air subjects are already mentioned as a serious pollution issue that affects Spain and the rest of Europe. In the last years, the higher traffic volume and emissions from housing heating have caused an increase in the concentration of NOx (NO and NO2).

It is in this framework that the Project Life-EQUINOX (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000749) has been developed. The main idea of the proposal is to develop the concept of “new anti-polluting roads” with application inside the cities. Combined with new management structures, urban traffic control and other measures, it will help reduce nitrogen oxides concentration in urban environments, as stressed by Directive 2008/50/EC.

Objectives

  • The general objective of the project is to evaluate in a precise way a treatment system of application on asphalt paving for the elimination of Nitrogen Oxide (NOX) in the urban environments.
  • Develop a methodology to assess the photocatalytic treatment in real environments.
  • To analyze the system under an environmental and socio-economical point of view through the obtained data within the project.

Actions

  • Selection of locations for the implementation of the FENIX system.
  • Installation and evaluation of the sensor network.
  • Performing the test sections.
  • Analysis of the results.
  • Environmental impact assessment of project actions (LCA and Carbon Footprint).

Expected results

  • A new methodology was developed in order to assess pilot applications of photocatalytic materials in real urban environments. This procedure was designed in order to be able to identify the differences between the situation before and after the application of the product. Following this procedure, some reductions in the NO2 concentration were found between periods before and after the application of the product, although they are not considered statistically significant.

Partners:

LIFE PROGRAMME

LIFE12/ENV/ES/000749

Programa LIFE

Total Budget: 1.785.717 €
EU Contribution: 739.649 €
Duration: 01/10/2013 — 30/11/2017

Responsible

Jose Fermoso Domínguez

Division of Agrifood and Processes

josfer@cartif.es

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