HERTIS PROJECT HAS STARTED
Biopolinex, under the Horizon 2020 program (Call: H2020-MG-2018-2019-2020, 2018-2020 Mobility for Growth), began preparations for the project "Hybrid exhaust gas purification technology as a modernization of international transport technology". This project is a natural continuation of activities as part of the ARIES. project, initiated earlier and implemented by an international consortium. and the technology of hybrid exhaust gas treatment was experimentally proven in the ICHTJ laboratory. The team that will be responsible for the implementation of the project was created by a consortium of 11 partners from 7 countries representing universities, technological institutes and industry, fully involved from the very beginning in the generation of complementary specialist knowledge, interdisciplinary cooperation and extensive knowledge sharing.
The project consortium consists of:
1. Rigas Tehniska Universitate / Latvia
2. Instytut Chemii i Techniki Jądrowej / Poland
3. European Organization for Nuclear Research / Switzerland
4. Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V. / Germany
5. Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A. / Poand
6. ABS Europe Ltd. / United Kingdom
7. Biopolinex Sp. z o.o. / Poland
8. Stiftinga Vestlandsforsking / Norway
9. KPMG Baltics / Latvia
10. Grimaldi Euromed SPA / Italy
11. Ecospray Technologies S.R.L. / Italy
The goal of HERTIS is to develop and demonstrate innovative technology for hybrid exhaust gas purification, thanks to which the European maritime and accelerator community will receive a much needed innovative, cost-effective modernization solution that would significantly improve the environmental performance of existing fleets, significantly reduce NOx, SOx and PM emissions. Biopolinex, in cooperation with KPMG Latvia, as a leader, under Work Package No. 4 of the HERTIS project, will be responsible for analyzing the economic feasibility of the installation and the profitability of its operation.
Currently, almost all medium- and low-speed marine diesel engines are powered by heavy fuel oil with high sulfur content, which inevitably leads to the formation of three main impurities: nitrogen oxides - NOx, sulfur oxides - SOx and particulates - PM.
The report published in the UK’s Guardian magazine shows that only one of the largest functioning container ships emits the same amount of exhaust gas as 50 million cars in total. Following this lead, one can boldly state that the 15 largest ships in the world emit the amount of nitric oxide and sulfur oxide that together produces 760 million cars.
Sea transport accounts for 18 to 30 percent of global nitrogen oxide pollution and contributes 9% to overall sulfur oxide pollution. This is all the more dangerous because ships often sail along the shores, and 70 percent of pollutant emissions occur no more than 400 kilometers from the mainland.
85 percent of this pollution is only in the Northern Hemisphere.
James Covert of the University of Delaware estimates that around 64,000 people die worldwide as a result of pollution emitted by ships, of which 27,000 in Europe.
Current technological solutions to reduce emissions are not enough to meet transformational challenges in an innovative and cost-effective way.
The HERTIS project will develop an innovative hybrid technology based on the concept of combining two exhaust gas purification methods: irradiation with an electron beam accelerator and then purification through an improved rinsing process.
This innovative hybrid technology of exhaust gas purification will simultaneously be the solution to the problem of SOx, NOx and PM emissions in one technological process that will cost less than when using fuels with low sulfur content or using conventional scrubbers.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
"Hybrid exhaust gas purification technology as a modernization of international transport technology"
Hybrid exhaust gas treatment modernization technology in international transport
• The subject of the project is the development of a compact, safe and mobile unit for hybrid exhaust purification that combines the electron beam accelerator with improved rinsing technology
• The hybrid system will be installed on the ship and tested both during sea voyage and when maneuvering in ports - demonstration of technology in the right environment (TRL6)
• The new technology will achieve a reduction of SOx ≤ 6 g / kWh as SO2 and NOx ≤ 1.96 g / kWh as NO2 - thus exceeding the most stringent current legislative requirements. PM emissions should not exceed 0.20 g / kWh.
The goal of the HERTIS project is to develop, demonstrate and approve a new technology for the modernization of hybrid exhaust gas treatment, to provide the European maritime community with a much needed innovative, cost-effective solution that would significantly improve the environmental efficiency of the operated fleets, significantly reducing NOx, SOx, PM and VOC emissions ( including PAHs).
In connection with the implementation of the HERTIS project, the project leader prepared an information leaflet that contains a set of basic information about the new technology.
The technology referred to as HERTIS is a new hybrid technology for the modernization of exhaust gas purification in international maritime transport. It is the first application of acceleration technology on a sea ship in history.
Innovative activities under the topic LC-MG-1-8-2019, Horizon 2020 - Mobility for growth:
• solving one of the most urgent problems of the transport industry - its large-scale marine emissions,
• single and cost-effective technology that simultaneously eliminates SOx, NOx, PM dust and volatile organic compounds present in the ship's exhaust gas,
• the effectiveness of the technology has been recently confirmed as part of the ARIES Proof of the Concept project,
• support for the European maritime sector in regaining competitive advantage and increasing global trade impact
HERTIS connects specific Western European research laboratories with the dynamic maritime industry of Southern Europe and thriving research institutes of North-Eastern Europe. It is an unprecedented, truly European, transnational and multidisciplinary undertaking, connecting maritime communities and manufacturers of particle accelerators as part of scientific research:
• a joint venture of 12 partners from 8 European countries,
• leading global research organizations - CERN and Fraunhofer FEP in a strong pan-European partnership with INCT, Riga Polytechnic and the University of Tartu,
• key players in the shipping industry - Grimaldi Group, American Bureau of Shipping, holding Remontowa and Ecospray,
• economic feasibility and business justification will be impartially assessed by a leading KPMG business expert supported by Biopolinex,
• expert opinions and objective environmental impact assessment are provided by the Western Norway Research Institute,
• supported by key stakeholders: the TIARA and ARIES communities, EC, IT CG and scrubber manufacturers
Basic information about the project:
Total budget for 4 years: 6 131 418 EUR
Requested EU contribution: 5 027 620 EUR
Industry support: 486 275 EUR
Co-financing of Fraunhofer FEP and INCT: 633 865 EUR
Biopolinex Sp. z o. o. is a company whose activities are related to energy efficiency, rational use of energy in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, and investments in renewable energy sources
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