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NOx Conversion


Crop Intellect Ltd have conceived and proved an innovative technique to capture NOx and convert it to nitrates for use
in agriculture. It is for the first time, NOx have been demonstrated as substrates for production of nitrate fertiliser directly
on crop foliage. Competitive advantages of the technology include: (i) leading to application of no N fertilisers to crops. This will
save money and increase crop yields whilst protecting the environment; (ii) generating cost savings of 68.70% to the farmer
compared to current practices of N fertiliser application as well as generating extra revenue of €1,616/ha to the farmer; and (iii)
using atmospheric NOx as substrates for production of N fertiliser can help mitigate nitrogen pollution.
Nitrogen pollution is a significant environmental problem in Europe and around the world as its impacts include contributions to
global warming. The total annual cost to the EU of nitrogen pollution’s environmental impacts is €70–320 Billion. To address this
problem the EU have introduced directives, such as 2001/81/EC and 2008/50/EC. In industrial facilities, there are severalmethods
for controlling NOx emissions. Although these technologies exist, they can’t directly be used in agriculture as methods for
controlling or mitigating NOx emissions or utilise NOx as resources for improving crop growth and yield.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/windpower
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/air pollution engineering
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1


Riseholme College Riseholme Park
LN2 2LG Lincoln
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000