Nitrogen oxides (NOX) are one of the main atmospheric pollutants generated by human activities, especially traffic, which accounts for around 70% of the total emissions. Through photolytic reactions this pollutant is responsible for the production of acid rain and smog, which have a very negative impact on human health.
The main objective of the project is to develop the concept of ?new anti-polluting roads? and apply it to cities. Combined with new management structures, urban traffic control and other measures, the concept will help reduce NOX in urban areas. The technology used for eliminating NOX is heterogeneous photocatalysis using the photocatalyst, titanium dioxide (TiO2) and solar radiation. In the laboratory, this treatment has been shown to remove NOX.
Specific objectives include:
The project also aims to demonstrate the new process in a pilot area of Madrid with a view to subsequent large-scale commercialisation.
Expected results: The project expects to achieve the following results: