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Innovative After-Treatment System for Marine Diesel Engine Emission Control

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."
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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)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 585 881

INSTYTUT MASZYN PRZEPLYWOWYCH IM ROBERTA SZEWALSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK - IMP PAN

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 432 370

IXSCIENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 175 000

SUSTAINABLE MARITIME SOLUTIONS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 317 575

VESSEL TECHNICAL SERVICES (V.T.S.) SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 81 578

RAFAKO SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 85 740

PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO SPECJALISTYCZNE TELECHEM SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 167 430

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 284745

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2011

  • End date

    31 August 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 465 492,24

  • EU contribution

    € 2 645 435

Coordinated by:

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

United Kingdom

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