ulTRa-broadband InfrAred Gas sEnsor (TRIAGE)
Overall budget: EUR 5,853,623.50
EU contribution: EUR 4,994,300.96
Project consortium: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark), Vivid Components Ltd. (United Kingdom), NKT Photonics A/S (Denmark), Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (Netherlands), Senseair AB (Sweden), CSEM Centre Suisse D’Electronique et de Micotechnique SA – Recherche et Developpement (Switzerland), Norblis IVS (Denmark), Linkopings Universitet (Sweden), VIGO System S.A. (Poland)
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.
According to the WHO, air pollution is estimated to cause 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide. In Europe, air pollution is estimated to cause more than 300,000 premature deaths each year. At the same time, enormous financial investments are made worldwide to fight with the health effects of air pollution and great efforts are made to improve air quality. All of this influences the development of regulations for the monitoring and control of air pollution (especially gaseous pollutants) both at the national and international level. TRIAGE is a response to the growing need for the development of air quality monitoring systems.
Objectives of the Project:
- 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.
Vigo System role in the project:
VIGO System will develop and deliver dedicated infrared detector modules for TRIAGE sensors, aimed at achieving the best compliance with the project requirements and supporting the integration with the FTIR spectrophotometer.
TRIAGE will contribute to increasing environmental safety by providing detailed air quality data in the vicinity of populated areas, industrial infrastructure, highways and ports in rural areas. It will also provide data on chemical accidents. The compact, portable TRIAGE sensor will provide long-term air quality monitoring data with a complete picture of it.
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET (Denmark)
VIVID COMPONENTS LTD (United Kingdom)
NKT PHOTONICS A/S (United Kingdom)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT (Netherlands)
SENSEAIR AB (Sweden)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D’ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA – RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT (Switzerland)
NORBLIS IVS (Denmark)
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET (Sweden)
VIGO SYSTEM S.A. (Poland)