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WAYU: Air pollution control device inaugurated in New Delhi

Published on September 28, 2018
Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Environment Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the air pollution control device Wind Augmentation PurifYing Unit
WAYU: Air pollution control device inaugurated in New Delhi
- WAYU for traffic junctions at ITO intersection and Mukarba Chowk in New Delhi.
  • The device aims at tackling toxicity in air by sucking in particulate matter and release fresh air.

About WAYU (Wind Augmentation PurifYing Unit):

  • It has been indigenously developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) as part of a Technology Development Project being funded by Department of Science and Technology.
  • Its prototype has a capacity to purify air in an area of 500 meter square.
  • It consumes only half unit of electricity for 10 hours of running and has a maintenance cost of only Rs. 1500 per month.

About the working of the device:

  • The device works on two principles: mainly wind generation for dilution of air pollutants and active pollutants removal.
  • It has filters for particulate matter (PM) removal and activated carbon (charcoal) and UV lamps for poisonous gases removal such as Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and Carbon Monoxide.
  • It has one fan and filter for sucking and removing particulate matter (PM).
  • It also has two UV lamps and half kg of activated carbon charcoal coated with a special chemical: Titanium Dioxide.

Interesting to know:

  • CSIR-NEERI is in the process of developing a bigger version of WAYU which can purify air in an area of 10,000 meter square.
  • It will also make designs of future WAYU devices better in aesthetics and can be deployed in bus shelters etc.

Question:

Q. What is the air pollution control device called that Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences and Environment Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated for traffic junctions at ITO intersection and Mukarba Chowk in New Delhi?
a. AAYU (Air Augmentation PurifYing Unit)
b. WAYU (Wind Augmentation PurifYing Unit)c. FAYU (Fog Augmentation PurifYing Unit)
d. None of the above
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