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Environments 2017, 4(4), 78; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments4040078

L’Aquila Smart Clean Air City: The Italian Pilot Project for Healthy Urban Air

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Società Progetti Innovativi srl, Via C. D’Andrea snc, 67100 Bazzano, Italy
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Department of Industrial Engineering, Information and Economics, University of L’Aquila, Via G. Gronchi 18, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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IsCleanAir srl, Piazza della Manifattura 1, 38068 Rovereto, Italy
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Received: 12 September 2017 / Revised: 28 October 2017 / Accepted: 1 November 2017 / Published: 3 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Pollution Control)
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Exposure to atmospheric pollution is a major concern for urban populations. Currently, no effective strategy has been adopted to tackle the problem. The paper presents the Smart Clean Air City project, a pilot experiment concerning the improvement in urban air quality. Small wet scrubber systems will be operating in a network configuration in suitable urban areas of L’Aquila city (Italy). The purpose of this work is to describe the project and show the preliminary results obtained in the characterization of two urban sites before the remediation test; the main operating principles of the wet scrubber system will be discussed, as well as the design of the mobile treatment plant for the processing of wastewater resulting from scrubber operation. Measurements of particle size distributions in the range of 0.30–25 µm took place in the two sites of interest, an urban background and a traffic area in the city of L’Aquila. The mean number concentration detected was 2.4 × 107 and 4.5 × 107 particles/m3, respectively. Finally, theoretical assessments, performed by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes, will show the effects of the wet scrubber operation on air pollutants under different environmental conditions and in several urban usage patterns. View Full-Text
Keywords: air pollution; scrubber; wastewater; particulate matter; CFD; deep street canyon air pollution; scrubber; wastewater; particulate matter; CFD; deep street canyon
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Avveduto, A.; Ferella, F.; De Giovanni, M.; Innocenzi, V.; Pace, L.; Tripodi, P. L’Aquila Smart Clean Air City: The Italian Pilot Project for Healthy Urban Air. Environments 2017, 4, 78.

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