Published On : Wed, Jan 15th, 2014

25-year old NEERI scientist develops hi-tech ‘e-Nose’ to detect pollution within 10 minutes

Even though the Central Pollution Control Board and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board carry out various researches for measurement of pollution levels, it takes a lot of time (months) to pinpoint the pollution danger. However, the “e-Nose” technology measures the levels of pollution within 10 minutes and “another 10 minutes for authorities to kill the pollution if they initiate very effective steps”. The 25-year old Sharvari Deshmukh developed very effective “e-Nose” technology.

NEERI-3Nagpur News.

A young scientist of world renowned National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) in Nagpur made the Institute and city proud by developing a technology for measurement of pollution levels in rivers and factories in the country. The pollution can be literally “smelled” by the technology.

The 25-year old Sharvari Deshmukh developed very effective “e-Nose” technology. The “e-Nose” could prove a “detect and kill pollution” technology in today’s ever growing poison that is harming the environment in gigantic magnitude and thus posing irreparable damage to mankind as far as health problems are concerned. The rivers and factories have been the major culprits for spreading pollution.

Even though the Central Pollution Control Board and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board carry out various researches for measurement of pollution levels, it takes a lot of time (months) to pinpoint the pollution danger. However, the “e-Nose” technology measures the levels of pollution within 10 minutes and “another 10 minutes for authorities to kill the pollution if they initiate very effective steps”. The technology is also very simple to handle with and runs on both battery and electricity. The “e-Nose” technology utilizes the “sensors” and “algorithms.” The tool has been designed to suck air in the premises of factories and rivers and display the figure of pollution level.

The “e-Nose” technology was first used in the tea gardens of Assam on an experimental basis that proved very fruitful and successful. The rivers in the country like Ganga, Godavari, Yamuna, Krushna, Jhelum, Nag Nadi in Nagpur and other rivers in the country have become highly polluted. The development of “e-Nose” technology was possible with the cooperation of Dr R K Pande and Dr Nagarjun Bhattacharya of “C-DAC” in the computer sector.

MONEY-SAVER:

The same “e-Nose” technology would have cost millions of dollars had India sought it from European nations. However, since the technology was developed at NEERI, crores of rupees of the country and big companies as well would be saved.Now, dozens of companies in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and other states have shown their interest for purchasing the “wonder nose.” The technology would now be in the hands of the Government and companies possibly in 2-3 months.

The NEERI scientist Sharvari Deshmukh said, “The research for developing the e-Nose was going on since the past 3 years. Now, urgent steps could be taken for curbing the pollution with the help of e-Nose and making the environment clean and hazard-free.”