Back 2020.02.10

New opportunities to tackle air pollution – first Lithuanian mobile drone

Lithuania has come up with a breakthrough technology – PANDRONE – air pollution measurement system with the mobile drone.

Air pollution assessment system with identification sources for pollutants is still not on the market. So far, in Lithuania as well as in Europe, pollution has been measured in a stationary manner and theoretically reflects larger area data, but very often weather conditions and buildings reduce the accuracy and reliability of the data. The new mobile air pollution measurement solution created by Mechatronics Centre in Panevėžys enables to measure pollution and its dynamics more accurately and promptly, regardless of weather conditions and territorial aspects.

The purpose of the proposed solution is not only technological innovation, at the same time the developers aim to promote social responsibility. The mobile drone can be used to periodically and on request provide accurate air quality assessment easily accessible to the public. The collected information is processed in real-time and the results are placed in an interactive environment with a map and marked pollutant concentrations.

Panevėžys air pollution map can be seen here – http://zemelapiai.panevezys4.lt/map.

For now the project is designed for Panevežys town municipality. However, the global potential is undeniable. According to the director of Panevėžys Mechatronics Centre Mindaugas Dzikaras: ‘Every year EU experiences 400 000 premature deaths from air pollution and hundreds of billions of euros in external health costs. Apart from climate change, we face such problems as poorly ventilated rooms, where even a small amount of carbon dioxide can disrupt brain activity and it can also result in students’ decreased learning capacity at school. The technology we develop allows measuring the concentration of climate-changing, dangerous gases at specific locations and can be repeated many times over large areas with high data position resolution. The data collected can be of significant benefit to every city around the World, encouraging investment in improving the environment and human well-being’.

The operator lifts the airplane to a height of 20 meters and orbits the trajectory according to the prepared map. The system allows to calculate the main parameters of gas emissions, mainly particles, especially the small dust particles we inhale, such as PM10 – particles up to 10 microns in size. Currently, the mobile drone measures the concentrations of five most harmful elements PM10, NO2, SO2, CO and O3 in the air. If required, other elements can be optionally measured.

 

For more information about the technology please contact director of Panevėžys Mechatronics Centre Mindaugas Dzikaras – mindaugas@panmc.lt.

 

Picture – ©Go Vilnius