IPCA partnered with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare to undertake “PROJECT AIR CARE” as a part of the CSR initiative of GSK in 2020-21. The project is supported by Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and CSIR-NEERI (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute) and executed in Gurugram.
The main objective of the project is to reduce air pollution, in the form of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), from major traffic junctions and air pollution hot spots in Gurugram city. The project was initiated with 65 Wind Augmented Purifying Units (WAYU) units and 20 more units were installed in the year 2021.
The air purifiers installed are known as Wind Augmentation Air Purifying Units (WAYU) and are designed and developed by CSIR-NEERI (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute), IPCA's knowledge partner. The air purification units are customised to reduce PM2.5 and PM10 particles, through the use of various filters. The device has the capacity to purify air in an area of radius 15 m. It is energy efficient and has low maintenance cost. The purification system works on two principles- i) wind generation for dilution of air pollutants and; ii) Active pollutant removal. In ideal conditions it has the efficiency to reduce PM10 by 60-70 % and PM by 30- 40 %.
IPCA plays the key role in the operation process of Project Air Care and looks after all processes including installation of WAYU, maintenance, monitoring of standards and future developments and customization.