AeroSolfd to Tackle Urban Air Quality

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Source: AeroSolfd announcement

LUDWIGSBURG, Germany — In May 2022, the innovation project AeroSolfd started with a kick-off event in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The AeroSolfd consortium – led by MANN+HUMMEL – will deliver affordable, adaptable, and environmentally friendly retrofit solutions to reduce tailpipe and brake emissions and pollution in (semi-) closed environments. This will allow a quick transition towards cleaner mobility and a healthier environment.

Urgent need to reduce tailpipe emissions and brake wear

Based on the latest Harvard’s epidemiologic research data (2021), globally 10.2 million people die prematurely only due to traffic-generated emissions per year. For the next decade, the existing vehicle fleet will continue emitting fine particles and ultrafine particles, as well as gaseous toxic compounds such as nitrogen oxide (NOx) until a full transition to zero-exhaust-emission vehicles takes place.

While retrofit filters have been installed for diesel particle emissions in the past 20 years, the worldwide gasoline fleet segment prior to 2018 currently drives without any filtering technology (EURO 6c and earlier), even with the very high toxicity of gasoline particles.

Also, in the EU after 2018 filters are only installed in direct injection engines. In contrast to exhaust emissions, toxic particles from brakes, tires and rail-wheel contact have not yet been limited by legislation.

These particles – especially in semi-open and closed environments like bus stops, tunnels, and train and metro stations – contribute to poor local air, soil, and water quality, severely impacting human health. To limit these detrimental effects, immediate retrofit solutions to reduce tailpipe and brake wear emissions must be urgently developed and introduced to the market by 2025.

Smooth transition towards cleaner mobility through quick deployment of low-cost retrofit solutions

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AeroSolfd is a fast-track innovation action established to tackle these challenges. A consortium – composed of large industrial players, renowned scientific institutes and lighthouse demo sites from eight European countries – has joined forces to realize the quick deployment of three low-cost retrofit solutions so that people in Europe and beyond can benefit already by 2025 from cleaner mobility and a healthier environment.

To view the entire announcement, click HERE.

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