Shell Launches Bitumen Product Which Helps Reduce Impact of Road Paving on Local Air Quality
Mar 19, 2019
Shell has launched a new bitumen product that can help reduce the impact of asphalt production and paving on local air quality. Shell Bitumen FreshAir has been shown to help reduce emissions of specific gases and particulates from asphalt mixtures during production and paving by an average of 40%1 when compared to conventional bitumen.
“Road infrastructure is essential to modern living but urbanisation and denser transport and industrial activity have resulted in worsening levels of local air quality,” said Jason Wong, Vice President of Shell Global Bitumen and Sulphur. “The need for cleaner construction and transport infrastructure requires every industry to do its part in developing cleaner ways of working” said Jason.
Developed in Shell’s major R&D centre in Bangalore, India, Shell Bitumen FreshAir consists of an innovative bitumen technology that acts directly with chemical compounds affecting air quality, as well as odour-releasing molecules. This chemical reaction takes place in situ at a molecular level, helping to cut specific gases and particulates or minimize the release into the air during production and paving, reducing the impact on local air quality.
Shell is the first major supplier of bitumen to develop a solution that addresses impact on air quality. Switching to Shell Bitumen FreshAir is estimated to have a similar effect on particulate matter (PM10) as planting an average of 16 trees2; or a similar impact on the reduction of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) equivalent to removing an average of 40 cars3 per kilometre of asphalt laid per year.
Shell Bitumen FreshAir has been tested with road constructors and air quality experts during externally monitored field trials in cities in France, the Netherlands, Thailand and the UK. With its ready-to-use solution, Shell Bitumen FreshAir can be easily used with existing asphalt mixing and laying processes, and will be available in a number of countries from this year on.
For more information, visit Shell Bitumen FreshAir.
Shell Bitumen FreshAir - Field trial in Thailand
Shell Bitumen FreshAir - Field trial in the Netherlands
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Notes to Editors:
- Tests showed that using Shell Bitumen FreshAir reduced the levels of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and particulate matter (PM) by an average of 40% during asphalt production and road paving when compared to conventional bitumen.
- Calculated based upon average reduction in particulate matter during field studies.
- Calculated from statistically validated laboratory studies.
About Shell Bitumen
Shell Bitumen is the world’s largest international bitumen marketer with customers in over 30 countries. Annually, we supply enough bitumen to help resurface 450 kilometres of road every day; enough to travel around the world four times in one year.
For 100 years, our bitumen business has changed dramatically from our first bitumen manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom in 1919, to the work we are currently doing to create smart surfaces of the future. Shell Bitumen supplies a wide range of high quality products, from standard-grade bitumen to special polymer-modified bitumen marketed under the brand name Shell Cariphalte. Our bitumen is used on various road surfaces around the world, from urban roads and highways, to airport runways and Formula One™ racetracks. Most recently, Shell Bitumen provided bitumen solutions and technical expertise for the iconic Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in China, the world’s longest man-made sea crossing which opened in 2018 and is touted as a wonder of the modern world.
Shell is a leader in bitumen technology and holds 49 active patent series in bitumen and asphalt technologies. We operate our global bitumen R&D Centre in Bangalore, India, and a network of regional solution centres strategically located in China, France and Thailand. We are developing new technologies that create more durable, sustainable and energy-efficient roads and our pioneering innovations in coloured binders, low-temperature solutions, low-odour bitumen and underwater adhesives have set the industry standards for these applications.
For more information, visit: www.shell.com/bitumen.
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