UPC Technology in the Webinar on “Technologies to improve indoor air quality. People’s health and wellbeing”

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The IAQ cluster, of which CIT UPC is a member, organised on 21 April the webinar ‘Technologies to improve indoor air quality (IAQ). People’s health and wellbeing.’ At the event, technologies were presented that have been developed by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and are available to improve indoor air quality in buildings and infrastructures, to help companies in the sector to increase competitiveness in this area.

Antonio Álvarez, director of CIT UPC and Martí Urpinas vice-president of the IAQ Cluster opened the event. Their welcome was followed by contributions by researchers from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) research groups and centres. Xavier Gamisans, from BIOGAP, spoke about biofilters to treat organic and inorganic gaseous pollutants. Quim Rigola, from CTTC, talked about fluid dynamics simulation tools to design optimum solutions for ventilation and air conditioning solutions for buildings. Jaume Castellà, from CD6, described how optical engineering provides highly competitive solutions for the design of sensors to detect and measure the concentration of volatile substances or water vapour in closed environments. Then,  Jordi Llorca, from INTE, referred to various solutions to improve indoor air quality through catalytic and photocatalytic elimination of harmful compounds in the air.  Eva Gallego, from LCMA, spoke about control tools for characterising compounds that cause odour episodes and Jasmina Casals, from MICROTECH LAB, explained the solution provided in the ANTITRASH project on intelligent maintenance and prevention of damage in shared vehicles.  Jorge García Vidal, from CNDS, described the CAPTOR project, in which it has been shown that it is possible to add sensors in a very competitive way to any environment to measure the volatile compounds that are present. Jordi Fonollosa, from CREB, explained the VIDA project on intelligent ventilation to detect the level of air cleaning. Finally, Esteve Codina, from CATMECH, presented computational simulations, their experimental validation and how they affect the efficacy of air purifiers in relation to bioaerosols, noise generation due to vibrations and active noise control.

Other participants in the event were Blas Garrido and Santiago Marco from the CEMIC group of the University of Barcelona (UB). They discussed projects relating to the design of gas sensors, the integration of sensors and actuators with control circuits and signal processing, and IoT communication systems.

The event, which is only open to members of the cluster, took place in online format and had over 40 participants.

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