Gloucestershire-based Enviro Technology (ET) has supplied King’s College London (KCL) with technology for the new £2m air quality ‘supersite’ in Lewisham, which was opened last month.
The site, which is located in the King’s College London, Honor Oak Park sports ground, allows researchers to gather long term and intensive, higher-quality data on trans-boundary air pollution.
ET has supplied the trace level gas analysers to help researchers understand more about London’s air and how it is affected by pollution from other countries.
It has been kitted out with scientific instrumentation from Teledyne API, Los Gatos Research and Digitel.
The equipment consists of two enhanced performance LGR analysers for the measurement of NH3 and multi-gas carbon emissions (CO, CO2, CH4), and to measure NO2, NOy, O3, dust and aerosol particles, ET supplied three Teledyne API instruments and a high volume sampler from Digitel.
ET’s managing director, Duncan Mounsor said: ‘ET are proud to have worked alongside KCL to supply this groundbreaking research facility in London.
‘Understanding background concentrations of naturally occurring and anthropogenic emissions and greenhouse gases, as well as from where they originate, can help measure the success of schemes such as the ultra-low and low-emission zones.’
It’s been funded as part of a £6m investment into three new air quality supersites – the other sites are in Birmingham and Manchester – established by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Dr David Green, of the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences at KCL, added: ‘Enviro Technology have provided a large number of instruments installed inside this supersite.
‘Their high level of expertise in research grade instrumentation has been important during the design and installation phase and I look forward to working with them to maintain these in the future.’
Last month, AirQualityNews spoke to Dr Gary Fuller of KCL about trans-boundary air pollution.
‘The air we have in London today could be in Paris yesterday and Amsterdam the next day,’ he said.
‘This trans-boundary aspect is really important, we’re never going to solve this problem until we tackle that.’