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December 2012

PlasTEP Final Conference Part 1

On the 5th and 6th December the PlasTEP project had its Final Conference. The Conference took place in Berlin, Germany and was attended by 60 persons from the partnership as well as others generally interested in the project and its main results. 10 speakers from 4 countries made the different sessions a constructive mix of knowledge and experience from around Europe. 


The first day started with the conference and three different sessions.
Session I: Importance of a healthy environment and activities to protect the environment
Session II: PlasTEP - Innovative plasma technologies for environment protection in the Baltic Sea region
Session III: Perspectives for future projects

The conference started with the first session and with an insight into the innovative industrial development and environment in Poland by the Director Jerzy Majchrzak from the Innovation & Industry Department at the Ministry of Economy Poland.
Prof. Ulrich Riebel, Chair of Particle Technology at the BTU Cottbus, presented the possibilities of gas cleaning with plasma.
The key challenges in water protection especially the main problems preventing surface waters from achieving good ecological and chemical status were the topic of the presentation of Dr Markus Salomon from the German Advisory Council on the Environment.

The second session was fully dedicated to the main result of each work package (WP) of the PlasTEP project as well as the future chances for PlasTEP results. Each WP leader gave a short presentation about their main results.

PlasTEP Final Conference Part 2

The focus of the third session was the perspectives for future projects. Dr. Shilpi Saxena

The last but not least presentation of the first day was given by Peter Wolfmeyer from the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and ZENIT GmbH. Mr Wolfmeyer provided insight into the work of EEN and how they use the expertise of its member to support European enterprises (above all SME, and other organisations, such as universities and research institutions) in their scientific and commercial development. The first day was concluded with a conference dinner.

All presentations are available at:

http://www.plastep.eu/english
/downloads/presentation/
index_en.html


Your PlasTEP team

PlasTEP Final Conference Symposium Day 2

Day two, the symposium, paid special attention to the work of the PlasTEP project as well as presentations from plasma technology experts from Italy, Great Britain and The Netherlands.

The first session started with the presentation of the PlasTEP results from WP 5 by Dr Ronny Brandenburg (Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology) followed by an insight into catalytic materials for plasma-based exhaust gas treatment from Prof. David Cameron (Lappeenranta University of Technology, ASTRaL).

Prof. Cristina Paradisi from the Department of Chemical Sciences at the University of Padua presented as one of the experts the advanced oxidation of organic pollutants in air non-thermal plasmas.

The oxidative degradation of toluene and limonene in air by pulsed corona technology was the topic of the second expert presentation from Dr Wilfred Hoeben from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Ms Maria Prantsidou (School of Chemistry, University of Manchester) was the third expert and gave an insight into her research topic - spent oil degradation by gliding arc discharge.

In connection with these expert presentations, the results of WP 4 and 6 were presented by Dr Eugen Stamate (Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark), Prof. Andrzej Chmielewski (Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology), Dr Mirosław Dors (The Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery) and Dr Marcin Hołub (West Pomeranian University of Technology).

The symposium ended by Mario Kokowsky (Lead Partner) extending a special thanks to the PlasTEP partners for the good and successful cooperation during the past three years.

All presentations are available at:

http://www.plastep.eu/english
/downloads/presentation/
index_en.html


Your PlasTEP team

Special thanks to all PlasTEP project partners

After many periods of hard work - doing research, development, construction, testing, evaluating and reporting,

after the experience, how (sometimes) challenging but always enormously enriching a project co-operation with so many widespread partners can be,

after all this time the TZV as Lead Partner and project manager wants to thank all PlasTEP partners.

Thank you for realising the PlasTEP project and making it a success.

 



 

Main results of WP3

The main results of WP 3 in relation with the environment are:

- database on emission inventories 
  of main polluters and pollutants that
  may be subjected to plasma treatment
  in Baltic Sea region
- report on eco-efficiency analysis of
  plasma-based technologies for
  treatment of pollution
- report on cost-benefit analysis of
  plasma technologies

One of the most important dissemination and education achievement are:

- three Summer Schools (Latvia,
  Poland, Lithuania)
- two training courses (Poland,
  Lithuania)
- eight workshops particular for SME

The PlasTEP project was presented by the partners at more than 40 international conferences and fairs around the world.
The prepared reports and surveys have been used to develop a handbook for plasma application for environment protection.

The reports, surveys and main results of WP 3 are available at:

http://www.plastep.eu/english
/downloads/reportssurveys/

Main results of WP4

The emission processes in the Baltic Sea region have been mapped including the elaboration of standardised applications, guides and a handbook for plasma technologies for environment protection.

A mobile test reactor for NOx/SOx reduction was built for supporting the research, development and dissemination of deNOx processes in the Baltic Sea region. The reactor was used within the project to evaluate the role of the mixing scheme, water vapours, time dependency, steep temperature gradient and to evaluate different hybrid configurations for NOx/SOx reduction.

Gas phase diagnostics using infrared absorption spectroscopy for process control, catalytic convertors and power supplies for large scale reduction have also been developed.

Several photocatalytic coatings were prepared and tested for NOx reduction in combination with ozone injection and direct plasma treatment.

The reports, surveys and main results of WP 4 are available at:

http://www.plastep.eu/english
/downloads/reportssurveys/

Main results of WP5

Three different plasma modules using indirect and direct treatment methods were realized to perform field test under real conditions. These modules were combined with catalytic materials and adsorbers developed by PlasTEP partners.

Based on a developed 'PlasTEP-standard', these different plasma technologies for VOC reduction were compared. Dr Ronny Brandenburg (WP leader) is also part of the work group 'Non-thermal plasma treatment' of the VDI/DIN-commission 'Reinhaltung der Luft'.

The 'Compendium about plasma-based gas treatment' is published in 'Monitoring, Control and Effects of Air Pollution' edited by: Andrzej G. Chmielewski, InTech; August 2011. The PlasTEP handbook is also published since December 2012.

Additionally the partners organised three workshops, actively participated at the summer schools/training courses and participate at eight workshops for SME.

The reports, surveys and main results of WP 5 are available at:

http://www.plastep.eu/english
/downloads/reportssurveys/

Main results of WP6

The main aim of WP6 was to develop a prototype of mobile device for destruction of oil and oil-type leakages in ports of the Baltic Sea. The device should be harmless for the environment without any hazardous exhausts and by using only renewable energy source (solar energy).

The operational prototype device weighs about 500 kg and is 2.95 m long and 1.93 m wide. The device consists of the following components:

- floating platform made of aluminium,
- microwave plasma module with oil-
  water drum separator,
- dielectric barrier discharge (DBD)
  reactor with adsorbers,
- cylinder with Ar for microwave plasma
  formation and
- power supply module with batteries
  and solar panel.

The prototype plasma device for water cleaning at simulated conditions has been tested. The general result of the tests is that the device works and destroys partially the kerosene slick, but it requires optimisation (e.g. propulsion, more efficient oil-water separation).

The reports, surveys and main results of WP 6 are available at:

http://www.plastep.eu/english
/downloads/reportssurveys/

PlasTEP+

The PlasTEP project received green light from the Monitoring Committee for a project extension.

Based on the results and investments realised during the PlasTEP project, the research activities will be continued within PlasTEP+. The main objective of PlasTEP+ is to acquire investments for plasma-based air and water cleaning technologies. This will be done by practical applications of plasma modules under real conditions at field test and by dissemination of these results to stakeholders from industry.

The PlasTEP partners realised investments in different functional plasma modules for field tests and application studies. However, due to the short time between realisations of those self-designed modules and PlasTEP's project time, only some tests at real conditions could be performed. Thus, it was not enough time to demonstrate the applicability in many different industrial areas to attract industry and municipalities to invest in this innovative green technology. Therefore, the PlasTEP project partners from Poland (INCT, WTUS), Denmark (DTU), Sweden (UU), Estonia (UT) and Germany (INP, TZV) will organise additional field tests and application seminars under real conditions for different applications during PlasTEP+.

The range of industrial plasma technology applications will cover the exhaust gas cleaning at:

- a maritime supplier (Poland) to reduce styrene odour,
- a chemical company (Estonia) to reduce H2S and aliphatic VOC ,
- a straw-fired biomass power plant (Denmark) to reduce NOx,
- a biomass power plant running on peat (Sweden) for NOx and VOC reduction,
- a pig farm (Germany) to test the removal of odour,
- a paint facility (Poland) for removal of organic solvents,
- a water plant (Germany) to reduce odour,
- a polymer concrete producer (Poland) for VOC reduction.

The results of the field tests will be presented to stakeholders from industry and policy in Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Germany to attract them to invest. In this activities six service providers, who have been contacted during the PlasTEP project and who have contributed to PlasTEP's handbook, will be integrated.

The results will be presented during several workshops, application seminars and at a BSR conference.

Group photo during the PlasTEP Final Conference 2012