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New Breakthrough in Electron Accelerator Applications - Ship Diesel Off-gases Treatment

The major cargo transportation mode is maritime transport, which is also responsible for approximately 90% of world trade by volume. Furthermore, travelling by sea has increased considerably in recent years - from 2003 to 2016 this touristic sector has expanded from 12.0 to 22.0 million travelers. Accordingly, worldwide emission from shipping has grown significantly, which contributes directly to the global anthropogenic emissions and it poses a serious threat to ecosystem and public health. To address the adverse impacts of sulfur and nitrogen oxides from shipping emission, the maritime sector is required to find highly efficient and low cost methods of gaseous pollutants removal. a new onboard installation of exhaust emission control are required and one of them may be an Electron Beam FGT process developed by the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, which is one of the most effective methods of removing SO2 and NOx from industrial flue gases. Technology has been developed in the frame of Tango 2 project, financed by National Center for Research and Development (NCBR). The first in the world field implementation of technology was demonstrated in July at Riga Shipyard, Latvia. The Riga Technical University (Latvia) organized the experiment and secured the ship, the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (Poland) designed and procured the scrubber (constructed by Biopolinex, Poland) and the closed water system and performed the tests, the Fraunhofer FEP of Dresden (Germany) made available a movable electron beam accelerator mounted on trailer and contributed to the tests and to the integration. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, based in Geneva (Switzerland), provided support and consultancy, being a coordinator of H2020 ARIES (Accelerator Research and Innovation for European Science and Society)  project.

Other projects concerning environmental electron accelerator applications are under development. Electron beam ballast water treatment in cooperation with Remontowa Shipyard SA and “zero energy” electron beam sludge hygenization in cooperation with Biopolinex SA. Both projects are co-financed by National Center for Research and Development (NCBR). (poster)