Dissemination and fostering of plasma based technological innovation for environment in BSR (PlasTEP)

Project programme
2010 - 2013
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The pollution control is a transnational request of all countries and a strategic aim of the European Union. This is also reflected in the increasing tightening of the exhaust emission standards particularly in the Baltic Sea region (BSR) countries. The objective of the project is to push plasma based cleaning technologies of atmospheric air and water treatment to a visible practical application.

We would like to raise wide awareness about the practical applications of plasma technology for environmental protection

The public should know that PlasTEP / PlasTEP+ contributes to a better future by cleaning exhaust gases or wastewater. We will disseminate and foster plasma based technological innovations for the environment protection in the BSR. We will also build up a network to combine the existing knowledge about plasma technologies with partners from industry, science and policy.

This project is one of 22 new transnational projects of the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. It is contributing to the EU Strategy for the BSR and it is part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). It aims to bring the idea of investing in plasma technology and therewith in future research into the minds of decision makers and show them: Plasma opens new ways!

Plasma technology breaks new ground and gives us the chance for environment-friendly industrialisation, which means that it is not necessary to miss the advantage of modern time beside reducing air pollution.

LEI activities in the Project

Workers of Lithuanian Energy Institute actively participated in meetings, discussions and videoconferences. The following main works were carried out in Working Group III:

  •  Systematized information on the possibilities of using plasma processes to remove atmospheric air pollutants.
  • Analysis of the situation in Lithuanian science and education institutions on training in plasma technologies and environmental protection.
  • Prepared material for lectures on plasma processes and equipment, principles of heterogeneous catalysis and their application to reduce emissions of environmental pollutants.
  • Presentation of special reports and materials at Riga, Warsaw and Vilnius-Kaunas summer schools for students and doctoral students in European higher education institutions.
  • Lectures for entrepreneurs on the use of plasma technologies in catalytic coating synthesis process, principles of efficient catalysis formation in St. Petersburg, Uppsala, Warsaw and Kaunas.

IV Working Group studies were carried out to identify mechanisms acting on plasma chemical processes and to identify regularities during interaction between plasma flow and dispersed particles moving therein. Numerical and experimental studies have provided useful information to control plasma processes and to determine the energy and dynamic characteristics of substances treated in plasma. Work IV also done the following:

  • Catalytic monolithic reactor for CO, NOx, HC and others. creating contaminants for destruction and testing physical properties using SEM, EDX, XRD, BET and others. methods.
  • Installation and testing of analytical equipment and special experimental bench.
  • Investigation of catalytic monolithic reactor activity and catalytic properties.

In Group V studies, high-temperature mineral catalytic fibers were synthesized by plasma technology, forming a catalytic reactor and testing the properties of that reactor. The following tasks were solved:

  • When composing a three-component life-cycle diagram, specific mixtures for the formation of catalytic fibers have been calculated and targeted.
  • Investigation of plasma fiber formation mechanism;
    Investigation of dynamic and energetic characteristics of plasma current.
  • The influence of plasma imbalance on the course of plasma process has been investigated.
  • The process of catalytic mineral fiber synthesis has been realized and its regularities have been determined.
  • Using special equipment and analytical equipment, the catalytic properties and activity of the resulting fiber were investigated.

Coordinator: Technology Centre of Western Pomerania, Germany


  • Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany
  • VDI Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, Germany
  • Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology, ASTRal, Finland
  • Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania
  • Uppsala University, The Angstroem Laboratory, Sweden
  • Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Poland
  • The Szewalski Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery, Poland
  • West Pomeranian University of Technology, Poland
  • Association of Polish Electrical Engineers, Szczecin Branch, Poland
  • University of Tartu, Estonia