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Meet our Clean Air Testbed cohort

In October 2020, the Innovating for Clean Air (IfCA) programme team reached a major milestone – the launch of our Clean Air Testbed activities in Bengaluru, India. 

The testbed pilots will involve a cohort of 17 high potential UK and Indian SMEs developing innovative clean air and electric vehicle solutions. Out of those, 9 will deploy their solutions on the Clean Air Street – a collaborative initiative between the Connected Places and Energy Systems Catapults, the Directorate of Urban Land Transport, and the Indian Institute of Science.  The rest of our joint cohort will carry out experiments in multiple locations across the city, including office buildings, residential areas, schools and university campuses.  

Air Quality

Working in collaboration with Brunel University and their team of expert designers, scientists, and researchers, Airhead have developed a unique mask that protects people from particulate matter and harmful gases found in city air, and therefore reduces the risk of the most common health problems related to air pollution. 

Airhead’s pilot in India will aim to encourage active mobility (such as cycling and walking) and demonstrate a tangible solution for improved health and wellbeing. To do so, the Airhead will aim to test their masks with Bengaluru’s traffic police and regular commuters. 

Arbnco is a building performance technology company developing disruptive and scalable solutions for the global market. They provide real-time monitoring of the effects of the indoor environment on health and wellbeing and enable organisations to understand how the quality of their real estate affects occupant satisfaction and productivity. Their solutions also allow organisations and their key stakeholders to manage energy within their portfolios. 

In Bengaluru, arbnco will work with 91Springboard – a coworking space – to deploy the arbn well solution which will measure and visualise indoor air quality and support office managers to improve the health and wellbeing of occupants. 

Yellow Collective’s scalable and filterless air cleaning device instantaneously decomposes pollution, including PM 0.1, combats CO2, kills pathogens and VOCs, leading to numerous positive impacts economically, on population health and healthcare systems. 

As a testbed participant, the Yellow Collective will install their devices in residential areas and schools, and work with families and teachers to mitigate the adverse effects of indoor air pollution.  

EV Vehicles

CityEV provides EV charging infrastructure for lamp-post or other unmetered street furniture utilising a combination of advanced hardware & software to designs smart charging technology which can be installed anywhere. 

CityEV are working with EEE Taxi, an all-electric taxi fleet, to install a charge point at the company site Bengaluru. The company will also a charge point at the British Embassy site in Chennai.

Energeo create unique data for towns and cities by digitally studying the built environment- using sources such as satellite imagery and LiDar – to automatically identify the most beneficial locations to deploy low-carbon technologies such as Solar PV, Heat Pumps and EV charge points. 

Using their geospatial technology, Energeo will analyse the following for the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in Bengaluru to advise on the optimal position of EV charging infrastructure.  

  • Width of road and footpath 
  • Mapping quantum of on-street parking locations 
  • Mapping availability and private parking in residential spaces 
  • Turnaround of parking in the area 

EV Technology aims to make the transition of vehicle fleets to electric as easy as possible by analysing and advising on everything from infrastructure requirements and installation to managing and monitoring vehicles and eco-driving training. 

EV Technology are working with eee – Taxi, one of the largest all-electric taxi fleet’s in India. EV Technology will adapt the existing platform eee – Taxi and create interfaces for the data feeds being used by the company to run their taxi operations. In addition, EV Technology will provide telematics devices to be installed in the eee – Taxi vehicles to capture relevant data. The objective is to create a single portal that can be used by EEE Taxi operators to access all the information they need and to identify insights that can be created by considering the interaction of multiple data points. 

GreenEnco provides strategic and risk management consulting services for renewable energy including technical and financial services across the complete solar PV project lifecycle and energy storage projects. They offer smart energy management solutions using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms that demonstrated up to 10% generational gain on average. 

GreenEnco will install a solar carport with battery storage and EV charging infrastructure on the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus. The major system components include an innovative solar module, battery storage integration and DC fast charging unit. 

OXTO Energy has developed an innovative energy storage technology that delivers safe, scalable and low-cost storage. Using simple design principles with the fewest possible components, the robust device ensure very limited maintenance over a long lifetime of 25-30 years and works alongside any power application from wind turbines and heavy-industry to EV charging infrastructure. 

OXTO Energy are currently researching the potential applications for their flywheel in India, including case studies and simulation.

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