Environmental Engineering Project

Clean Air for Gers // GLEAR

The electrostatic precipitators are used in various sectors including industrial, biological and home usage. However, there is not a suitable model for the situation in Mongolia. Thus, our project aimed to reduce air pollution produced by the ger districts by developing a specific model for common stoves.

Start Date:

01.01.2017

End Date:

01.01.2019

Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering

Industry Partner:

Metal working company, Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Energy, Municipal government Ulaanbaata

Scientific Partner:

University Darmstadt, University Stuttgart

Funded by:

GIZ Mongolia

Abstract

Approximately 190,000 gers and small houses are responsible for 52% of the overall air pollution in Ulaanbaatar. To reduce this high particle emission, one of the possible technical solutions is using electrostatic precipitators. These are already available in Europe as standard components for small firing systems. 

Background

Population=1 380 792  45.1 % of national population (end of 2016)  
Approximately 190.000 gers and small houses responsible for 52% of the overall air pollution.
Air pollution = Particulates+ Poisonous Gases
Variety of health issues, including:reduced lung function, irregular heartbeat, asthma attacks, heart attacks

Objectives

The GMIT research project goal is to develop a cheap, easy to use and save technical solution for application in urban ger districts. The social-ethical part of this project seems to be more important than the technical part. Therefore, the Mongolian Government has to be included in the project.

Expected results

  • Considerably reduce air pollution by collecting particulates of dust
  • Possibly deliver to every single ger / private home at a cheap price
  • Team of students will gather technical experience during the project period and more importantly, they will contribute their knowledge and skill to find a solution to that urgent problem
  • Public health will increase due to better air quality