Air pollution is the main contributing factor to millions of deaths every year, with numbers increasing. We need to respond to this threat. Also, there are other risks that are not present every day, but can be life-threatening or even deadly. One of them is nuclear reactor damage resulting to contamination of air in large areas.
Air in the cities is polluted. The main pollution sources include traffic and industry. Fresh air is crucial for human health – people drink water several times a day, but the air is being breathed every second. According to OECD, until 2060, the economic impacts of air pollution will contribute to 6 – 9 million of premature deaths yearly, compared to 3 million in 2010. The OECD report The Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution presents projection of costs of outdoor air pollution, focusing on impacts on human health, both mortality and morbidity. It stresses serious consequences for long-term economic growth. These threads need to be addressed by global organisations, governments, local authorities and businesses. We need to provide solutions that will protect people living on this planet, especially in big cities, from negative impacts of traffic and industry pollution, nuclear power stations accidents and other contamination risks.
ACIEET addresses these risks:
Technological solutions for intelligent HVAC
Based on ACIEET platform, smart HVAC products have originated that can be installed into existing and new premises to ensure cleaning the outside air before distributing it inside the building. These systems were successfully tested and deployed in numerous installations in commercial buildings and industrial premises. They have been used to deliver fresh and healthy air to production halls, classrooms, meeting rooms or large office office buildings. Learn more about the CleanAir Pro product.
Advanced filtration methods
ACIEET research has led to development of filtration processes that enable filtering of the air sucked from outside and clean it from mechanical, chemical substances, viruses and germs that are dangerous for human health. These filtration systems can be applied to ventilation systems to deliver fresh and healthy air to people residing in the premises. They contain multiple layers to ensure step-by-step efficient filtration. As a component in these systems, filtration cartridges can be installed that are able to capture most of the dangerous methyl iodide (learn more in the section Nuclear Hazards).
Substances from traffic pollution
The filtration system works in multiple steps and specifically addresses the traffic fumes containing carcinogenic hydrocarbons. These are also present in the air as result of the rapid development of chemical industry, combustion of fossil fuels, and smoking of tobacco. ACIEET filtering systems also capture the poisonous carbon monoxide (CO). CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it. Annual number of deaths from unintentional, non–fire-related Carbon Monoxide poisoning increase each year, with numbers trebled in the last decade.
Nuclear Contamination Risks
In case of a nuclear power plant accident or using nuclear weapons, radioactive methyl iodide is spread in the air. According to EPA (the US Environmental Protection Agency), massive acute inhalation exposure to methyl iodide leads to pulmonary edema. Depression of the CNS, irritation of the lungs and skin, and effects on the kidneys may result in acutely exposed humans. Acute inhalation exposure of humans to methyl iodide results in nausea, vomiting, vertigo, ataxia, slurred speech, drowsiness, skin blistering, and eye irritation. Tests involving acute exposure of rats and mice have shown methyl iodide to have moderate to high acute toxicity by inhalation, and high acute toxicity by ingestion. There are numerous chronic effects of breathing methyl iodide.
ACIEET addresses the risk of spreading methyl iodide. The filtration systems are ready to use special filters that are able to extract most of the methyl iodide from the air. In case of an nuclear accident or hazard, they can be installed within a short period of time (typically less then 2 hours) to protect people in the buildings from adverse impacts of methyl iodide, which corrodes the respiratory tract.
ACIEET is already helping many people live healthier. We strive to ensure that each person living in a city has access to clean air which does not contain traffic fumes exhausts, industrial pollutants, viruses or bacteria. To reach that, ACIEET needs to be further researched and implemented into new products. We encourage you to get in touch with us to form new partnerships and projects that can move the ACIEET platform closer to more people.
Get in touch with us
We are currently researching possibilities for adaptation of ACIEET to fit the requirements on installation into smaller and individual residential objects. We are looking for potential partners from academic, municipal and business sphere to develop this project further and thanks to it, be able to deliver our products to people living in individual households as well. Our mission is protecting as many people as possible and keep them safe from the dangerous air pollution, biological, chemical and nuclear hazards.
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