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Reference Number EP/E502792/1
Title Follow On: Optimising the performance and efficiency of non-thermal, atmospheric pressure plasma reactors for the destruction of pollutants in waste g
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Industry) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor JC Whitehead
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University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2006
End Date 30 September 2007
Duration 12 months
Total Grant Value £60,984
Industrial Sectors Environment
Region North West
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng, Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor JC Whitehead , Chemistry, University of Manchester (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Plasma Clean Ltd (0.000%)
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Abstract This project concerns the development and demonstration of the commercial feasibility of a novel, energy efficient technology for the destruction of hazardous pollutants (e.g. volatile organic compounds) in waste gas streams that is based on the use of atmospheric pressure, non-thermal plasma discharges. In particular, previously we have shown that a certain configuration of plasma reactors produces an unexpected and significant enhancement in destruction efficiency. In this project, we will investigate the origins of that effect in order to gain a fundamental understanding of the processes involved. In this way, we aim to optimise the design and configuration to produce effective destruction at an energy cost that is competitive with other remediation technologies. The expertise gained in the previous EPSRC project combining plasma discharges with catalysts will be valuable in optimising the process. The market drivers for the project will be informed by interactions with a University spin-out company, Plasma Clean Ltd, who may take on responsibility for the ultimate exploitation of the technology upon it meeting commercially viable performance targets
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Added to Database 26/03/07