PolyU Researchers’ Smart Pavements Won Two Awards at iCAN 2020

Date:21 Sep 2020

PolyU and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) collaborated in an EU funded project entitled Urban Nature Labs (UNaLab) by a consortium comprising 29 partners from 15 countries. As part of the UNaLab project, PolyU researchers developed “A smart integrated road pavement and drainage system for stormwater storage, de-icing, dust suppression, and cooling,” led by Professor Yuhong Wang from Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Ivan Wang-Hei Ho from Department of Electronic and Information Engineering, both at PolyU. This project aims to develop integrated pervious concrete pavement systems and their components as part of the NBS, and to selectively adopt UNaLab natural-based solutions and implement them locally through “living labs”.

This system won two awards: Canadian Special Awards and Organizer’s Choice Awards in the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN 2020). This project with innovative designs to change the urban road, is aiming to make road more environmentally friendly and tackle significant challenges due to climate change nowadays.

The UNaLab consortium is coordinated by VTT, and the research components led by VTT have been funded through the European Commission (EC)’s Horizon 2020 Research Scheme, while the research components responsible by PolyU, was funded separately by Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

For more details of the system, please click HERE

To have a brief of the H2020 Project UNaLab, please click HERE