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Green roofs that clean SME industrial gas containing low and variable concentrations of Volatile Organic Compounds

Objective

Cost-effectiveness for controlling emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in industrial waste gas depend on the characteristics of the gas emitted. SMEs affected by VOC emission Directive 99/13/EC (wood, printing, surface cleaning, dry cleaning, leather, vehicle refinishing) generate low and variable concentrations of several different VOCs in small volumes of waste air. This profile of VOC emissions will be the focus of the new Industrial Emission Directive 2010/75/EU, but it shows the most techno-economic problems for VOC control. GRABGAS will use rhizodegradation to treat small volumes of industrial waste air (1000 m3/h) with low and variable concentrations (30-300 mgC/m3) of several different VOCs with a removal efficiency of >93% to comply with directive emission limit values (20mgC/m3). Rhizodegradation uses plant roots, microorganisms and soil to biologically degrade VOC into CO2 and H2O. It can simultaneously degrade several VOC in very low concentrations or even when they are temporarily absent. GRABGAS will adapt to changing concentration of different pollutants, as well as to weekend and short holiday interruptions without losing removal efficiency. To make VOC mixtures more biodegradable, a solar photocatalytic pre-treatment using doped-TiO2 will be applied before rhizodegradation. To support plant growth and solar photocatalysis with sunlight, GRABGAS will be installed on industries’ roofs, following European green roof standards. Optimal air flow through the rhizofilter will be achieved by a substrate allowing root growth, high active surface for bacterial growth, permeability for air and VOC storage capacity. It will keep the internal temperature and moisture within constant ranges by appropriate sealing, insulation and drainage. Total economic benefits of GRABGAS for the SMEs owning IPR and constructing GRABGAS (LEPRIEURE, AGRIFUTUR and UGN) will be 46 million € in 5 years. Total savings for VOC emitting end users (COLORIS) will be 92,000 € in 5 year

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/volatile organic compounds
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/physical chemistry/photochemistry/photocatalysis

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

LE PRIEURE SARL
Address
Place De L Eglise 2
41160 Moisy
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 502 453,25
Administrative Contact
Stephanie Saulgeot (Ms.)

Participants (7)

AGRIFUTUR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 288 203
Address
Via Campagnole 8
25020 Alfianello
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roberto Kron Morelli (Mr.)
UGN- UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 278 966,25
Address
Gewerbepark Keplerstrasse 20
07549 Gera
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Richter (Mr.)
TRIIS TRGOVSKO IN PROIZVODNO PODJETJE DOO ZELEZNIKI

Participation ended

Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 3 300,62
Address
Cesnjica 48 D
4228 Zelezniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iztok Sturm (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 12 838
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
SATT SAYENS
France
EU contribution
€ 7 662
Address
Rue Sully 64A Maison Regionale De L Innovation
21000 Dijon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fabrice Martin Laurent (Mr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 12 650
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Mr.)
COLORIS PRODUCTION
France
EU contribution
€ 26 899,38
Address
Rue De L'hers Zone D'activites Gabrielat
09100 Pamiers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Lefevre (Mr.)