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Carbon monoxide poisoning prevention system

The campps project will develop an electronic device that can be installed on any portable power generator and it is designed to react on high level of the co, in the area of the generator operation, by alarming on or stopping normal operation of the generator.

The main objective of this project is prevention of CO poisoning and unintentional deaths in clusters or outbreaks when external influences cause many individuals to be exposed to CO by using portable powered generators. CO poisoning prevention system is a modular solution that can be installed on any portable power generator and it is designed to react on high level of the CO, in the area of the generator operation, by stopping normal operation of the generator. Acute carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is common worldwide and consistently occur when residents improperly use portable powered generators and other tools following severe weather conditions/ natural disasters and power blackouts. Available reports show thousands of emergency department visits and accidental deaths annually. Although most generator owners were aware of CO poisoning, many were unsure what constitutes a safe location for generator operation. Climatic changes and natural disasters (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions etc.) cause severe weather conditions (floods, storms and snow storms, hurricanes, etc.), that result in power outages in wide areas. Our dependence on electricity forces us to seek for a source of electric power even in such a bad weather conditions. Although popular, the alternative power sources (solar, wind turbines etc.) are not suitable to produce electricity in such cases. The only choice is the use of petrol or diesel powered electricity generators. There is a wide variety of relatively cheap fuel powered electricity generators in the market, that can easily be connected to some of our most needed house equipment. They are compact, efficient and easy to operate, and are affordable to most families. The main problem that leads to possible poisoning is that those generators are usually held inside the house, not outside as the producers of these devices recommend. The indoor use of generators can lead to CO poisoning in many disaster-associated situations, but even the outdoor use of generators can result in CO poisoning when placed less than 3.5 m from home. There is a deficit in understanding how to operate portable generators safely and a need to change strategy for ultimately protecting people from both storm-related and other CO exposures. Public education is needed to make people aware of the dangers of CO poisoning after a disaster. But the most practical solution is to develop the CaMPPS that will resolve this problem at its source. As a result of the CaMPPS project, a fully functional system for CO poisoning prevention will be developed. It will also provide extensive diagnostic functions and data for further local and remote analysis and display. This technical solution should lead to development of new technical standards related to design of portable power generators. Increase of available information will support citizens and their needs to improve condition and readiness to act during unexpected situations.
Acronym: 
CAMPPS
Project ID: 
9 994
Start date: 
01-10-2015
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
160 000.00€
Technological Area: 
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