The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has awarded a one-year, $98,837 grant to the Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services (CEERS) at CSULB for a project that will survey and assess emission control technologies for ocean going vessels.
This is the first time the agency has contracted with a CSU campus. Housed within the campus' Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), the center will investigate existing, developing and planned technologies that have the potential for reducing emissions from ocean shipping, currently the dominant mode of transportation for international cargo.
MAE Professors Hamid Hefazi and Hamid Rahai head the study "Emission Control Technology for Ocean Going Vessels," which will rely on CEERS technical experts consisting of faculty members and students across all College of Engineering disciplines.The CEERS survey is part of a major study on diesel emissions, and ARB plans on using the results to develop policy.
Ocean going vessels account for nearly 80 percent by weight of all goods shipped in and out of the United States, contributing substantially to emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and particulate matter.
These air pollutants have been linked to a variety of health issues, including increased risk of premature death from heart and pulmonary diseases and worsened respiratory disease.
The impact on air quality is particularly significant in port cities and coastlines adjacent to shipping corridors.
"The Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services was created at CSULB to channel faculty expertise and research interest towards addressing critical local and global environmental challenges," Hefazi noted.
"This project, along with another proposed project in collaboration with the Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies currently under review by the Port of Los Angeles, is an important step towards reaching this goal."