PROUD- Pollution Reduction Optimization Using Drone

Problem Statement
A drone or drone technology is a flying robot that can be remotely controlled or fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems, working in conjunction with onboard sensors and GPS. In light of the emerging drone technology, many projects benefit from collecting sensor data to monitor and analyze the environments. This project focuses on studying, designing and implementing a drone technology which can reduce air pollution in the surroundings. Air pollution has been increasing at an alarming rate in the past few years, and we are Team Proud, who aim to solve the problem of air pollution by using activated charcoal.

Our Goals
Our goal is to deliver an integrated drone technology (with Activated Charcoal), which can reduce air pollution in the nearby surroundings. In general, there are three major ways that activated charcoal can help to improve the overall quality of your indoor air. Activated charcoal* can remove Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), remove odors and help to control humidity in the surrounding air. Consumption of VOCs damage to the kidneys, liver and the central nervous system, and thus, removing the VOCs from the native environment is extremely important. We may also design a radio-controlled drone concept which can help reduce air pollution on a mass area at the same time.

*Activated charcoal, by definition, is an odorless and tasteless substance that is extremely porous and is readily available.

To fight the undying danger of air pollution in the surroundings, we have used the drone technology to reach up to a certain height and purify the air. We have used activated charcoal since one teaspoon of charcoal comprises a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet. Activated charcoal that has been treated with oxygen results in millions of tiny pores opening up between the carbon atoms. These tiny pores result in a process called adsorption where certain chemicals (like NO2, H2S) are attracted to the activated charcoal and bond with it.

This project was presented by the students (Dakshraj, Shushurut, Prateek and Satwik) at Make-a-thon in New Delhi on December 15-16, 2018. Mr. Rupak Roy Chodhary appreciated the projected and has extended a verbal invitation to present this project in front of the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi.

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