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PlasTEP - Successful Final Conference

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.

The focus of the third session was the perspectives for future projects. Dr. Shilpi Saxena from the National Contact Point Environment from the Project Management Jülich in Berlin presented the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation starting in 2014 - Horizon 2020. Dr. Saxena compared the new Horizon 2020 Programme with the 7th EU-Framework Programme and showed to the participants the advantages of the new Horizon 2020 Programme.

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.

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.

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Project acronym: PlasTEP

Project title: Dissemination and fostering of plasma based technological innovation for environment protection in BSR

Application call: 2

Priority: 1. Fostering innovations

Project website: www.plastep.eu

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Lead Partner:

Technologiezentrum Fördergesellschaft mbH Vorpommern
Brandteichstrasse 20
17489 Greifswald
Mario Kokowsky
E-mail: kokowsky@technologiezentrum.de
Phone: +49 3834 550100
Fax: +49 3834 550111

Project Manager:

Technologiezentrum Fördergesellschaft mbH Vorpommern
Brandteichstrasse 20
17489 Greifswald
Alexander Schwock
E-mail: schwock@technologiezentrum.de
Phone: +49 3834 550102
Fax: +49 3834 550110

Information Manager:

Technologiezentrum Fördergesellschaft mbH Vorpommern
Brandteichstrasse 20
17489 Greifswald
Katherina Ulrich
E-mail: ulrich@technologiezentrum.de
Phone: +49 3834 550105
Fax: +49 3834 550110

Summary description of the project:

A pristine nature is an important resource of the BSR.It brings benefit to the people who live there, the economy and the industry.As the economic survival of many regions is determined by the tourism sector and the degree of industrialisation, it is necessary to promote the BSR as an innovative cross-border region.An increasing industrialisation process results in e.g. more waste water and exhaust gases.Therefore, new environmental-friendly solutions are indispensable.The pollution control of the environment is a transnational request of all countries and a strategic aim of the European Union.This is also reflected by exhaust emission standards particularly in the BSR countries.

PlasTEP emerged from the working group "Plasma & Environment", which based on the international network BalticNet-PlasmaTec.The working group detected a huge gap between research results and their implementation, which can be attributed to e.g. insufficient perception of potentials by decision makers from...

industry and policy.Only a few plasma technologies for environmental application developed by different partners from the BSR operate. To improve this situation all partners around the Baltic Sea intensify a borderless technology transfer and a further cooperation by increasing the visibility of the technologies.

The PlasTEP project bundles the knowledge of experts in the field of plasma technology with experts from environmental science and combine this with the expertise for technology transfer.Therefore the 15 PlasTEP partners from 8 countries, consisting of universities and non-university institutions, non-governmental organisations like association of engineers and incubators organised different dissemination activities to inform stakeholders from industry and policy.

Based on this expertise the main objective of PlasTEP was to push plasma based cleaning technologies of atmospheric air and water treatment to a visible practical application in order to establish a market driven...

transfer process and an increasing number of applications. Furthermore, the project aims to raise the awareness within the public and to increase the interest among decision makers towards investments in plasma technology and therewith in future research.

To reach this the project partners were involved in 4 working groups with different thematic priorities. One group worked on disseminates and fosters plasma-based methods to reduce nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides (NOx/SOx), primarily occurring during all burning processes. The next group concentrated on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particles that appear during e.g. polymer processing. A smaller group dealed with the cleaning of polluted surface water. This technical oriented work groups were supplemented by an umbrella group caring about the environmental aspect and educational activities.

Achievements of the project so far:

On 17.09.2009 the PlasTEP project started under the slogan “Dissemination and fostering of plasma-based technological innovation for environment protection” to raise awareness about possible applications of low-temperature plasma technology for air and water cleaning.Therefore, PlasTEP was introduced at several national and international events to decision makers from industry, politics, science and the public. During summer schools and training courses, students and entrepreneurs from 12 countries broaden their knowledge about plasma technology applications for environment protection.

The in 8 countries organised workshops for SME’s, in which the results of field tests (i.e. tests under real conditions)have been presented,were one of the most effective tools to get in contact with stakeholders from industry and policy and to initiate a technology transfer.

Using this dissemination tools and in preparation of the workshops and field test several contacts to service providers could...

be initiated. They were informed about possibilities and new trends in plasma technologies and access to new technologies (e.g. by licenses from the institutes).Furthermore, the project supports the establishing of contacts to potential customers, who were also informed by the project about e.g. possible solutions for existing pollution problems.

To attract investors, some joint field tests were successfully performed e.g. to reduce odour at a water plant in Poland and at a hen farm in Germany or reducing VOC in Estonian chemical industry.For this purpose, the project has developed mobile plasma devices and analytics which can be installed at test sites for technical studies. Within PlasTEP some partners applied for an extension stage project PlasTEP+ to continue the practical demonstration of the potential of plasma technologies using the PlasTEP investments in additional field test.

In addition to the workshops the results of the field tests were published at the project web page...

www.plastep.eu. To make the information sustainable a handbook “Plasma Treatment for Environment Protection” and a contribution to the book “Monitoring, control and effects of air pollution” were realised. All materials and presentations address especially engineers and stakeholders from industry and will be further distributed at the PlasTEP+ activities. First discussion about new investments in plasma based air cleaning technologies started within the project.

The communication activities are supported by the development of an information database on pollutants and air emissions in the BSR. This database will help to determine user groups of plasma technologies with the aim of adapting the standardisation to varying needs of different applications.

Another effective dissemination tool was the participation in different fairs on which many public visitors as well as representatives from industry and policy were informed about environmental protection with help of Plasma technology.

Project Duration: Sep 2009 - Dec 2012
Approximate total project budget in EUR: 3.820.010,00
ERDF co-financing: 3.047.170,00
ENPI co-financing: 0,00
Norwegian national contribution: 0,00

List of partners

Technology Centre of Western Pomerania (TZV)
17489 Greifswald | GERMANY
Brandteichstrasse 20
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Mario Kokowsky
Phone: +49 3834 550100
E-mail: kokowsky@technologiezentrum.de
Web: www.technologiezentrum.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:438.639,00
ERDF co-financing:328.979,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP)
17489 Greifswald | GERMANY
Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Dr. Ronny Brandenburg
Phone: +49 3834 554 447
E-mail: brandenburg@inp-greifswald.de
Web: www.inp-greifswald.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:420.797,00
ERDF co-financing:315.598,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
VDI Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (VDI)
18059 Rostock | GERMANY
c/o Universität Rostock, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 6
Region: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Michael Nelles
Phone: +49 381 1285 123
E-mail: bv-meck-pom@vdi.de
Web: www.vdi.de
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:18.346,00
ERDF co-financing:13.759,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Risø National Laboratory for Sustainble Energy, Technical University of Denmark (Risö)
DK-4000 Roskilde | DENMARK
Frederiksborgvej 399
Region: Sjælland
Contact person: Dr. Eugen Stamate
Phone: +45 4677 4562
E-mail: eugen.stamate@risoe.dk
Web: www.risoe.dtu.dk
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:465.048,00
ERDF co-financing:348.786,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Uppsala University, The Ångström Laboratory (UUA)
S-751 21 Uppsala | SWEDEN
Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Box 524,
Region: Östra Mellansverige
Contact person: Prof. Hana Barankova
Phone: +46 18 471 3118
E-mail: hana.barankova@angstrom.uu.se
Web: www.angstrom.uu.se
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:317.000,00
ERDF co-financing:237.750,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lappeenranta University of Technology, ASTRal (LUT)
FIN-50100 Mikkeli | FINLAND
Prikaatinkatu 3E
Region: Itä-Suomi
Contact person: Prof. David Cameron
Phone: +358 40 835 2649
E-mail: david.cameron@lut.fi
Web: www.lut.fi
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:338.506,00
ERDF co-financing:253.879,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Riga Technical University (RTU)
LV-1658 Rīga | LATVIA
Kaļķu iela 1
Region: Latvija
Contact person: Prof. Andra Blumberga
Phone: +371 7089909
E-mail: andrab@delfi.lv
Web: www.eef.rtu.lv
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:160.100,00
ERDF co-financing:136.085,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI)
LT-44403 Kaunas | LITHUANIA
Breslaujos g.3
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Dr. Vitas Valincius
Phone: +370 37 401 896
E-mail: vitas@mail.lei.lt
Web: www.lei.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:247.100,00
ERDF co-financing:210.035,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Kaunas University of Technology (KUT)
LT-44029 Kaunas | LITHUANIA
K. Donelaicio g. 73
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Assoc. Prof. Dainius Martuzevicius
Phone: +370 373 51008
E-mail: daimart@ktu.lt
Web: www.ktu.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:120.100,00
ERDF co-financing:102.085,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU)
LT-10223 Vilnius | LITHUANIA
Saulėtekio al. 11
Region: Lietuva
Contact person: Prof. Pranas Baltrenas
Phone: +370 5 2744723
E-mail: aai@ap.vgtu.lt
Web: www.ap.vgtu.lt
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:294.100,00
ERDF co-financing:249.985,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (INCT)
03-195 Warszawa | POLAND
ul.Dorodna 16
Region: Mazowieckie
Contact person: Prof. Andrzej G. Chmielewski
Phone: +48 22 5041205
E-mail: a.chmielewski@ichtj.waw.pl
Web: www.ichtj.waw.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:346.600,00
ERDF co-financing:294.610,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
The Szewalski Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery (IMP)
80-952 Gdańsk | POLAND
ul. Fiszera 14
Region: Pomorskie
Contact person: Prof. Jerzy Mizeraczyk
Phone: +48 58 6995 288
E-mail: jmiz@imp.gda.pl
Web: imp.gda.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:171.267,00
ERDF co-financing:145.576,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
West Pomeranian University of Technology (TUS)
70-313 Szczecin | POLAND
ul. Wł. Sikorskiego 37
Region: Zachodniopomorskie
Contact person: Dr. Marcin Holub
Phone: +48 91 449 4805
E-mail: mholub@ps.pl
Web: http://www.zut.edu.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:267.100,00
ERDF co-financing:227.035,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
University of Tartu (UT)
50090 Tartu | ESTONIA
Ülikooli 18
Region: Eesti
Contact person: Dr. Matti Laan
Phone: +372 737 5564
E-mail: Matti.Laan@ut.ee
Web: www.ut.ee
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:192.000,00
ERDF co-financing:163.200,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00
Association of Polish Electrical Engineers, Szczecin Branch (SEP)
70-478 Szczecin | POLAND
Al. Wojska Polskiego 67
Region: Zachodniopomorskie
Contact person: Ms. Aleksandra Kopycinska
Phone: +48(0)91 448 98 89
E-mail: biuro@sep.szczecin.pl
Web: www.sep.szczecin.pl
Approximate total partner budget in EUR:23.300,00
ERDF co-financing:19.805,00
ENPI co-financing:0,00
Norwegian national contribution:0,00