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Final Report - PLASMANURE (Novel plasma-catalyst reactor for the total conversion of the ammonia contained in pig manure into environmental neutral products)

Project ID: 232267
Funded under: FP7-SME

Abstract

This is the final report of the PLASMANURE project which was funded under the European Commission (EC)'s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The proposed PLASMANURE technology aimed to transform excess ammonia found in pig waste into an environmentally neutral product in a simple, on-site, cost-efficient manner, without intervention of sensitive biological methods. The report covers the fact that the technology further enhances existing treatments by facilitating the oxidation of ammonia coming from pig manure into nitrogen gas and water vapour that can be released into the atmosphere, causing no negative environmental impact. The commercial objective was to develop a cost-effective optimised plasma-catalyst reactor for manure wastes that will result in direct economic benefits and improve the competitiveness of consortium partners by reducing costs associated with ammonia fixing and separation strategies (pH control, stripping-scrubbing sequences, etc.) needed in manure treatment. The report notes that by optimising steps in waste processing, Plasmanure also results in savings on processing equipment and time. Plasmanure technology also significantly reduces the costs associated with regeneration of regions affected by acid rain and eutrophication and, combined with existing treatment systems, results in new market opportunities, and competitive product differentiation.

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