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Fertiliser from air by plasma treatment


This project's main objective is the commercialisation of a breakthrough technology for upgrading livestock manure to an improved
fertiliser. The overall aim of the project is to fundamentally improve global food production, by increasing productivity and
reducing emissions. The technology enables farmers to produce environmentally friendly fertiliser on the farm using slurry or biogas digestate, air and electricity. The technology is a manure processing unit that consists of a plasma reactor, an absorption
system and a plasma generator with power supply. The consortium consists of three organisations, ScanArc Plasma Technologies AS,
University of Antwerp and N2 Applied.
The plasma technology for treating livestock manure, is an innovative technology with the following benefits:
• providing a cost-effective alternative to chemical fertiliser, and thus improving farm economics
• ensuring compliance with stricter environmental regulations, which in turn mitigates risk for farmers and ensures business
• reducing emissions in the farm-cycle and thus contributing to reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution
• removing odour, giving the farmer flexibility in spreading, optimising the fertilising effect of manure, which reduces nutrient loss and pollution.
This FTI proposal consists of the following measurable objectives:
1. Optimisation of the plasma reactor, with a focus on improving the energy efficiency
2. Optimisation of the absorption system, with a focus on increasing the processing capacity
3. Develop a commercial unit design for serial production with stable continuous operations and low maintenance
4. Piloting and testing to verify the performance of the organic fertiliser
5. Communication and dissemination
University of Antwerp is developing the plasma technology to make nitrogen fixation from air a valid alternative to fossil fertiliser
production, Scanarc develops the plasma units and N2 develops the total concept for the farmer.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action


Dronning Eufemias Gate 20
0191 Oslo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 290 500

Participants (2)

EU contribution
€ 598 325
Box 41
813 21 Hofors
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 570 740
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments