Open Innovation Call
All over the world, cities are grappling with the increasingly detrimental effects of climate change. For cities, urban air pollution and urban heat island effect are the most present and acute issues challenging urban populations. New York City has been making positive progress in addressing air quality and urban heat issues through strategies developed and implemented over the past decade. Still, there are more improvements to be made – and the challenges facing New York City will only increase in scope. Through the Open Innovation Challenge, the City of New York is looking for new and innovative ideas, technologies and approaches to reducing the negative impacts of urban air pollution and the heat island effect.
Fine particulate matter reduction inside the subway environment
Studies in subway systems of several cities worldwide (including New York City) indicate fine particulate matter concentrations are generally higher in the subway environments than in ambient air. In the subway environment fine metallic particles are generated by the mechanical abrasion of rail tracks, wheels, catenary chains and brake pads. The underground confined spaces of underground subway systems can accumulate pollutants from various sources. With the application of the StaticAir Findures the fine particulate matter concentration inside the subway environment could be reduced with more than 70%. Reducing the fine particulate matter concentration will lead to less negative health effects due to the exposure to polluted air.
Check more information on StaticAir’s proposal for the Innovation Call in the short vlog of projectmanager Twan van der Slikke.