UTM makes device that cuts pollution

Posted on August 31, 2010. Filed under: Pollution |

-The Star-

JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has invented a device that it claims can help reduce smoke pollution generated from the burning of fuel.

UTM aeronautical engineering department head Dr Mohammad Nazri Mohd Ja’afar said the discovery was made through a year-long research aimed at findings ways to improve combustion and reduce gas emission.

He added the new improved retainers were able to reduce gas emission such as nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide by 35% and 38% respectively.

“The test result is very encouraging and we will send it to the state Department of Environment for approval,” he said during a press conference here yesterday.

Dr Mohammad Nazri acknowledged that many countries had produced technologies to cut emissions.

“Some governments will charge a carbon tax on any factory that produces high gas emissions.

“Such a move doesn’t actually help to reduce emissions because many of the factories are willing to pay any amount of money as long as they make profit,” he added.

Dr Mohammad Nazri hoped that Malaysian factories and power plants would use such retainers.

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