Re ECF Project: ECF 2016-48

Project Title: Development of a UV-based remote sensing technology for sulphur dioxide detection and monitoring from ship emissions

Applicant: Professor LI Zhilin, Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Total Approved Grant: $1,995,800

Duration: 1/5/2017 to 30/4/2019

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

Scope:
This project aims to develop a methodology for automated detection and monitoring of sulphur dioxide from ship emission by using UV-based remote sensing technology. The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of Hong Kong released statistics of Hong Kong air pollutant emission annually. The data shows that 50% of sulphur dioxide (SO2) is coming from ship emission. To reduce such pollution sources, recent Government policies have been developed and adopted in Hong Kong, including regulations for fuel switching, improving fuel efficiency, and improving operating practices, more effective compliance monitoring is needed. However, the enforcement of the law becomes a challenge as the current practice of measurements uses on-board sampling on cargo ships. As a result, only a very small portion of the ships can be checked and thus there is urgently needed for an automated detection and monitoring method with remote sensing capacity. This project will develop a UV-based remote sensing technology for sulphur dioxide detection and monitoring from ship emissions.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project


 
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