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Date:6/8/2011

t also for industry is indicated by the large number of partners from the ranks of the measuring instruments manufacturers and from the automobile industry.

Also, the two other subjects present particular challenges for metrology. In the first case, it deals with the so-called platinum-group elements (platinum, palladium and rhodium) which escape as "abrasion" from catalyzers in the air and pose a health problem. In order to be able to better assess this problem, one must first know more precisely what quantities are actually involved. The same problem arises with mercury, which does not, however, come from motor vehicles, but rather essentially from coal-fired power plants. Mercury is present in very small quantities in fossil fuels, such as perhaps coal but there are a large number of such power plants in Europe. So far, the estimations still fluctuate between 4800 tons and 8300 tons thus, there is a clear need for action for the measuring experts.

The project intends to improve the measuring methods in all these areas. And then, the goal is to create more uniformity. Even though the legal specifications are the same all over Europe, the controls are not yet the same. "That must change", says Martin Thedens. "Ultimately, this is supposed to create the same competitive requirements for all European countries. And we have to be equipped to participate in the international market on a long-term basis." After all, also in other countries very strict environmental regulations are being put into effect or are in effect already. The European automobile industry and its suppliers have to stay on the ball in order to sustainably retain their good global market position. The metrology institutes will help to achieve this.


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Contact: Dr. Martin Thedens
martin.thedens@ptb.de
49-053-159-23510
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)
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