Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) has been recognized by the European Commission for developing an innovative solution that helps clean the air.
The Horizon 2020 Materials for Clean Air Award was given to Corning for its Air Purification Technology, which helps reduce particulate matter in the air to levels below the guidelines set by the World Health Organization. The award ceremony took place today at the Industrial Technologies Conference in Vienna, Austria.
“This award recognizes the innovative and collaborative work of Corning’s research, development, and engineering teams in Europe and China,” said Dr. David Morse, Corning’s chief technology officer. “These teams successfully evolved the mobile emissions particulate filter technology that we invented 40 years ago into a prototype that can be used for indoor air ventilation systems and large outdoor air treatment systems to help clean particulate matter from the air, even in urban areas where levels are highest. This is a significant milestone and a tremendous honor.”
Particulate matter comprises fine and ultra-fine particles that are suspended in the air. They include dust, smoke, aerosols, fumes, and mist that result from residential heating, transportation, industrial combustion processes, and fires. Particulate matter can cause a variety of health concerns and can get deep into the lungs, affecting the respiratory system and causing irritation to the throat, eyes, and nose. Corning developed the Air Purification Filter to address this growing concern. The filter traps the particulate matter on its porous walls and cleaner air leaves through outlet channels.
“Our current Air Purification system is a prototype,” Morse said. “The 3 million euros prize will help us build a full-size demonstration unit that we may install in Europe to help us accelerate our understanding of the European market, an important prerequisite to help us determine commercialization.
“This technology increases our contribution to cleaning the air we breathe,” Morse continued. “Not only can we do it through our Environmental Technologies products that clean the air of mobile emissions, we believe we can also make a difference with our Air Purification filters, which can clean ambient air of fine and ultrafine airborne particulate matter.”
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Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.
Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning's industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.