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Department for Transport releases project titles and winners of its 2014 call on 'short term NOx mitigation measures post tail pipe'

Ahead of the opening and supporting webinars on Monday and Friday for its Local Transport Air Quality Challenge Innovation Grant, the Department for Transport has released headline information of the four projects it funded under last year's similar open competition - dealing more specificaly with innovative ideas for mitigating nitrogen oxides levels in localised areas.

Four small, medium and large companies were commissioned by the DfT’s Science & Research team to research short term NOx mitigation measures post tail pipe. These research projects were completed early in 2015, having been selected from 23 submitted proposals, based on the quality of their applications.

This competition received the full support from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN); that helped to launch the call, hosted webinars for the DfT and produced promotional articles.

The grant recipients are listed below in brackets next to the projects:

  1. NOx mitigation in mineral based absorbents (Alsitek Limited).
  2. Traffic Management Measures to Mitigate NOx – Reducing Impact to High Risk Road Users (Siemens plc).
  3. Dynamic Control and Optimisation of High NOX regions by the creation of a real-time Dynamic NOx Map and the active management of Range Extended Electric Vehicles (Tevva Motors Ltd). The company announcement in January 2015 that it was awarded £50,000 for the innovative remote control of a vehicle’s range extender (to) ensure NOx emissions are selectively targeted to avoid critical locations.
  4. Absorption of nitrogen oxides at the roadside using mycelium (TRL Ltd).


High Quality threshold expected to be required for grant support

DfT have informed us that, assuming a similar standard of applications is received the new Local Transport Air Quality Challenge Innovation Grant, that opens for applications on Monday, a high quality threshold will again apply for applications to be considered.


Webinars to help optimise applications

To help kick-start that process, KTN is hosting two webinars offering the chance to hear from, and ask questions directly to, the DfT officials managing the Local Transport Air Quality Challenge Innovation Grant:

Proposals are welcomed from consortia of academic or private sector researchers and local authorities with novel ideas for dealing with air quality challenges resulting from transportation.

From a total fund of £250,000, DfT plans to (100%) grant fund around three to six ‘small interventions or pieces of work to tackle this big challenge’.

Applications will be accepted from Monday 12 October 2015, to midnight on Monday 2 November 2015. All work is to be completed and written up by 21 March 2016.

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