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The indoor air quality: facts and number

Indoor Air Pollution

%

Time spent in enclosed environment by European citizens

Indoor air is found to be lower quality than outdoor air : pollutant can be 2-5-fold more concentrated

Indoor air is found to be lower quality than outdoor air : pollutant can be 2-5-fold more concentrated

Formaldehyde

Major indoor air pollutant

EC guideline value: under 30µg.m-3

%

Higher than outdoor concentrations (between 10 and 100µg.m-3)

Allergic asthma cofactor

BTEX

Emission sources: combustion process

EC guideline: 5µg.m-3

Eye and skin irritation

Benzene most dangerous: carcinogen (leukemia)

Objectives & Scope

Production of a credible business plan to boost market uptake of the global SMART IN’AIR solution

Experimentation and validation of the solution in 4 schools with at least 120 pupils reached all over Europe, in real conditions to reduce pollution for both BTEX and formaldehyde

Thessaloniki, Greece

Faro, Portugal

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Padova, Italy

Products

Development of a complete and smart solution to monitor and improve indoor air quality:

  • Ultra-miniaturized analysers of formaldehyde and benzene
  • Innovative portable calibration source
  • IoT system and user friendly interfaces to deliver easy-to-understand data towards end-users, pilot devices remotly and deliver to the user the direct risks on human health

Current tools sold by In Air Solutions

Expected Impacts

Monitoring of the indoor air quality in order to :

  • Identification of the polutant sources
  • Implementation of corrective actions
  • At short terms reducing the indoor air pollution by at least 25% in the 4 demonstration schools
  • Improving the health state of 20%
  • At long terms: reducing of 30 to 75 % of people BTEX and formaldehyde exposition in schools and industrial buildings and 50 % reduction of CO2 emission

  • Reduction of the analysers production cost by 50%
  • During the project: creation of 9 jobs
  • After the project: creation of 120 jobs
  • Production of a credible business plan for the microanlysers

Linking pollution with human and environment health and risks by establishing common limit exposure values thanks to a consultative process with local stakeholders and policy makers from the demonstration area

Policy Implications

Policy markers targetted

  • National or regional Ministry in charge of the indoor air quality policy in EU
  • European or national agencies or centres working on identifying and understanding the scientific/technical aspects of the various indoor air quality components and concerns
  • Regional and National environment agencies and ministries from the demonstration countries (Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria and ltaly)

How

  • Writing of a white paper to support policy makers in the definition and implementation of regulations regarding lAQ

  • Open Day organised in the schools, to present them the solution
  • Creation of promotional communication tools: leaflets and website with a part dedicated to policy issues
  • Writing of different articles
  • Organisation of 2 meetings with public bodies and policy makers
  • Organize face-to-face dialogue between policy-makers, researchers and stakeholders through dialogue panels and briefing sessions

Continuation of the project

Replication/transfer  :

  • More target countries in EU, North America, Asia and Middle-East
  • New sectors as building, furniture industries, automotive industries, papers etc.
  • Transfer the instrumental analytical tool to the analysis of other compounds

New customers/buildings equipped in EU

Euros of expected revenue (corresponding to 250 analysers approximatively)

Million euros investment expected after the end of the project to reach a payback time of 2 years

%

Reduction of cost per unit : (2000 euros / unit) by optimisation and increase production