Air pollution is an important issue in today's society, and people living in big cities are the most vulnerable. Despite the fact that air quality has significantly improved compared to the previous century, especially thanks to the introduction of pollution control installations in fossil fuel boilers, there is still much to be done. Recently, there have been serious concerns about pollution from marine sources that currently use low-quality diesel fuels. As a result, R & D projects have focused to a large extent on the creation of cost-effective technology that can remove gases with a high level of efficiency.The exhaust from marine engines may contain nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapor, as well as nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide, various hydrocarbons and complex particulate matter. Sea transport usually uses heavy fuel oil (HFO) with high sulfur content, which naturally leads to three main formation of pollutants from shipping: nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX)) and particulate matter (PM). About 15% of global NOX emissions and 5-8% of SOX emissions are attributed to oceanic vessels. Therefore, it is necessary to apply a gas purification method before releasing it into the atmosphere.


Biopolinex, as a member of the consortium, actively participates in the project, which will result in a new, high-efficiency flue gas cleaning installation. The new hybrid technology is based on the concept of combining two exhaust gas cleaning methods: electron beam (EB) and improved wet scrubbing. This hybrid technology has great potential to solve the emerging problem of the maritime industry, although it still requires research. Considering all the advantages of technology compared to other available methods, hybrid technology can become a promising and cost-effective option in the future maritime market.It is a multidisciplinary and multi-disciplinary project involving important stakeholders, as indicated below.


The international consortium includes:

1. Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology – INCT (Warsaw, Poland)

2. The European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN (Geneva, Switzerland)

3. Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology – FEP (Dresden, Germany)

4. The University of Huddersfield, Accelerator Applications Group – UH (Huddersfield, UK).

5. ebeam Technologies Europe – ebeam (Flamatt, Switzerland)

6. Remontowa Marine Design – Remontowa (Gdansk, Poland)

7. Milgravja Tehnoloģiskais Parks – Riga Ship Yard – RKB (Riga, Latvia)

8. BIOPOLINEX Sp. z o.o. (Lublin, Poland)


The project is supported by:

1. Italian Coast Guard – ITCG (Genova, Italy)

2. American Bureau of Shipping – ABS (Houston, USA)

3. DNV GL (Oslo, Norway)


The project is financed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research "CERN" in the framework of the program "Research and innovation in the field of accelerators for European science and society" ARIES. The project leader is RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY - Center of HighEnergy Physics and Accelerator Technologies.


The last meeting of the working team took place on 7-8 May 2019, in which representatives of the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, CERN, Fraunhofer FEP Institute, Remontowa Marine Design, MilgravjaTehnoloģiskais Parks - Riga Ship Yard and Biopolinex participated.



“Development of a hybrid system using the accelerator of quickelectrons for cleaning exhaust gases in compression-ignition engines appliedin marine vessels.”

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