On-board emissions analysis breaks new ground

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Portable Emissions Testing equipment in use

PEMS equipment has been used to measure emissions on a sports car to understand the effect of speed differences on fuel consumption and emissions.

Putting everything from construction equipment to sports cars through their paces, and even appearing on the famous BBC motoring programme, Top Gear, Emissions Analytics is breaking new ground with Portable Emissions Measurement and Testing Systems (PEMS).

The popular TV show wanted to find how different driving speeds affect the petrol consumption of a sports car. Utilising PEMS, Emissions Analytics worked with the production team at the show’s famous test track, installing the equipment inside the Porsche 718 Cayman selected for the challenge. The test was far from straight forward – especially considering the high-speed runs the script required.

Nick Molden, founder & CEO of Emissions Analytics said: “The Top Gear activity required us to think differently about how we evaluate a car, and we may have unwittingly taken the unofficial record for using PEMS on a test track. However, we’re now regularly involved in a hugely diverse range of projects and constantly expanding our experience to cover all aspects of emissions measurement and analysis.”

In addition to the TV appearance, Emissions Analytics was recently announced as the data partner powering the Greater London Authority’s Clean Vehicle Checker for London, announced last month. Part of an initiative unveiled at C40 Air’volution in Paris by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the service will use the company’s on-road emissions data to help inform consumer decisions and improve air quality.

However, the company isn’t confined to the road and, in addition to testing off-highway and agricultural vehicles, it’s also tackling the issue of emissions from vehicles and generators on construction sites. Working with the Analytical & Environmental Sciences department at King’s College London on a three-year project, it will challenge the theory that Non-Road Mobile Machinery emissions contribute just 10% of the NOX and PM10 emissions within London.

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