Corning Receives the Horizon 2020 Materials for Clean Air Award from the European Commission
Corning Inc. has been recognized by the European Commission for developing a solution that helps clean the air.
Corning Inc. has been recognized by the European Commission for developing a solution that helps clean the air. The Horizon 2020 Materials for Clean Air Award was recently given to Corning for its air purification technology, which helps reduce particulate matter in the air to levels below the guidelines set by the World Health Organization.
“This award recognizes the innovative and collaborative work of Corning’s research, development, and engineering teams in Europe and China,” said David Morse, Ph.D., Corning’s chief technology officer. “These teams successfully evolved the mobile emissions particulate filter technology that we invented 40 years ago into a prototype that can be used for indoor air ventilation systems and large outdoor air treatment systems to help clean particulate matter from the air, even in urban areas where levels are highest. This is a significant milestone and a tremendous honor.”
Particulate matter comprises fine and ultra-fine particles that are suspended in the air, including dust, smoke, aerosols, fumes, and mist that result from residential heating, transportation, industrial combustion processes, and fires. Particulate matter can cause a variety of health concerns and can get deep into the lungs, affecting the respiratory system and causing irritation to the throat, eyes, and nose. Corning developed its air purification filter to address this growing concern. The filter traps the particulate matter on its porous walls, and cleaner air leaves through outlet channels.
“Our current air purification system is a prototype,” Morse said. “The €3 million [approximately $3.4 million] prize will help us build a full-size demonstration unit that we may install in Europe to help us accelerate our understanding of the European market, an important prerequisite to help us determine commercialization.”