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Innovative After-Treatment System for Marine Diesel Engine Emission Control

Objective

"The emission of exhaust gases from ships has been recognised as a main source of pollution causing a significant exposure risk to people living close to harbours or coastal areas. In spite of the large contribution to air pollution by maritime transport, this sector has remained largely unregulated until now. The adoption of the new restrictive IMO emission regulations requires modification of the entire commercial fleet that has to be retrofitted with innovative solutions.

The aim of this project is to create a novel, modular, on-board, after-treatment unit that combines different sub-units, each of which is optimized to remove a specific primary pollutant (SOx, NOx, PM – including BC, VOC, and CO). This new integrated retrofit system will reduce the environmental footprint of existing and new ships well below the limits imposed by the current and envisaged future regulations, while giving EU marine industry a competitive edge.

The system must be designed to avoid or minimise the use of external chemicals, and promote the use of reliable and robust technologies to allow easy maintenance and fast retrofit. The proposal considers the use of innovative processes for the treatment of each pollutant: i) a new concept of Electrostatic Seawater Scrubbing to capture submicron PM, SO2 and other water soluble compounds and ii) an innovative Non Thermal Plasma Reactor, using Electron Beam and Microwave, to remove NOx, VOC and CO. It is envisaged that these two processes are sufficient to successfully remove all gaseous pollutants from ship exhaust. However, if needed, in the final stage, state-of-the-art Selective Catalytic Reduction or NOx Storage Reduction will be implemented for residual NOx removal. The system will also include innovative processes to purify scrubber wash water before discharging into the sea without harming marine life. The outcome of this work programme will yield a technology demonstrator, which will be validated by an independent organisation."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/air pollution engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
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Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 799 861
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 585 881
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Candida Tomas (Dr.)
INSTYTUT MASZYN PRZEPLYWOWYCH IM ROBERTA SZEWALSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK - IMP PAN
Poland
EU contribution
€ 432 370
Address
Ul. Fiszera 14
80-231 Gdansk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anatol Jaworek (Prof.)
IXSCIENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Popes Grove 76
TW1 4JX Twickenham Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Jackson (Mr.)
SUSTAINABLE MARITIME SOLUTIONS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 317 575
Address
The Island Wraysbury 8
TW19 5AS Staines
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Donald Gregory (Mr.)
VESSEL TECHNICAL SERVICES (V.T.S.) SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 81 578
Address
Piazza Giovanni Bovio 8
80100 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Procolo Volpe (Dr.)
RAFAKO SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 85 740
Address
Lakowa 33
47-400 Raciborz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Teresa Antes (Mrs.)
PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO SPECJALISTYCZNE TELECHEM SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 167 430
Address
Ul. Msciwoja Ii 32A
80-384 Gdansk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pawel Chodkowski (Mr.)