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With this non-intrusive technology, EAD will be able to accurately detect and quantify various gases emitted from automobile tailpipes in real time

published: Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 3:36 pm

Last updated: Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 3:46 pm

Abu Dhabi has launched a new system that will use laser-based remote sensing to detect and quantify road emission measurements.

The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) announced on Thursday that it will start remotely measuring vehicle emissions on Abu Dhabi’s roads using the latest innovative technology.

The project is being carried out in collaboration with 4 Earth Intelligence Environmental Consultancy LLC (4EI) and Hager Environmental & Atmospheric Technologies (HEAT) in the United States.

EAD will use HEAT’s patented NASA Spinoff remote sensing system EDAR (Emissions Detection and Reporting), which will detect and quantify roadway emissions measurements in real time using its laser-based overhead detectors. The testing period will last three weeks and take place at six different locations in Abu Dhabi.

With this non-intrusive technology, EAD will be able to accurately detect and quantify various gases emitted from moving vehicle tailpipes in real time. In addition to identifying the license plate number, the license plate number is only used to obtain technical information about the vehicle, such as make, model, fuel type, emission standards and vehicle weight. No personal data will be used for this study.

The initiative is part of a comprehensive air quality management plan developed by EAD. The initiative will establish a baseline for future policies and regulations, identify major emitting vehicle categories and technologies, and help support the design of effective mitigation measures. The study will also establish input data for air quality modeling, develop local air and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission factors, and enhance academic research and innovation programs.

EAD Secretary General Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri said: “At EAD, our core mission is to ensure that everyone living in Abu Dhabi has the best possible quality of life and that our air quality is of the highest standard. This project is part of our An important step in the right direction as we strive to contribute to the Abu Dhabi government’s vision to create the world’s most liveable city.”

She added: “We know the traffic sector creates pollutants in the air and we want to be scientifically certain that we have the latest research at our fingertips so we can make the right and informed decisions. This will contribute to our greater good for the community. Benefits the ability to implement the most effective policies.We are always keen to use the latest advanced technology, through remote sensing of vehicle emissions, we will be able to collect real-time data without disrupting traffic.

“Using the accumulated data, we will be able to develop mitigation plans and scenarios that reduce emissions into the air we breathe, further improving the safety and well-being of residents.”

EAD will also work with three key entities in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, including Abu Dhabi Police, Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), Integrated Transport Center (ITC) and Monitoring Center (MCC). The project required EAD to remotely measure vehicle emissions on Abu Dhabi’s roads using state-of-the-art cutting-edge technology.

Analysis data will be used to find measures to reduce the impact of air pollution

Using this advanced technology, the EAD will be able to automatically process the collected data and coordinate with the relevant authorities to match remote sensing information and data with that in the emirate’s vehicle registration database. During the study, a detailed analysis of the data to be collected (e.g. emissions from kilometers driven, vehicle type, model year, payload, etc.) will be provided, which will help develop recommendations to reduce the impact of air pollution caused by vehicles .

project. Faisal Al Hammadi, Acting Executive Director of EAD’s Environmental Quality Sector, said: “We are using state-of-the-art technology to remotely sense vehicle emissions in real-time and the vast amount of data we will collect will be extremely beneficial to us as a dedicated research community and especially our partners scientific institutions.

“Most importantly, and within a larger strategic context, the project will also assist in the development of mitigation plans to reduce harmful air pollutants and improve the health of all residents in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

How Remote Sensing Systems Work

Remote sensing systems use absorption spectroscopy to non-invasively measure the concentration of pollutants in the exhaust of in-use vehicles. The light source is placed above the road and the instrument is oriented so that the light beam produced by the light source passes through the exhaust of passing vehicles. Each remote sensing measurement lasts less than a second and yields estimates of pollutant concentrations in the exhaust plume. Remote sensing systems measure nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter (PM).

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