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Air filter wins innovation prize

A French research team has won a €3-million EU Horizon prize for developing the best innovation to improve air quality in cities, a ceramic honeycomb air filter.

The winning innovation, from a team at French company Corning, can remove up to 95 per cent of fine particulate matter from the air, the European Commission said in its award announcement on 30 October. It can be used in indoor air ventilation systems or can be placed in a kiosk in highly polluted areas, for example near schools and hospitals.

“In many European cities, air pollution is a major concern for citizens because it affects their health and causes environmental problems,” said research commissioner Carlos Moedas. “The innovative solution developed by Dr [Jean-Jacques] Theron and his team will contribute to decrease the concentration of particulate matter particularly in highly contaminated urban areas.”

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