With the financial support of the European Structural and Investment Funds, the Institute of Environmental Technology of VSB-Technical University of Ostrava is implementing in the period July 1, 2018 - December 31, 2022 a project entitled “Support of Cross-Sectoral Cooperation in the Field of Pollutant Reduction in the Environment and Waste Utilization” (CZ. 02/01/01 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 17_049 / 0008419). The project was created within the Operational Program Research, Development and Education (OP RDE), call: Long-term inter-sector cooperation for ITI, with a total cost of CZK 80.5 million.
The aim of the project is to establish and develop interdisciplinary cooperation between the Institute of Environmental Technology of VSB-TU Ostrava and 4 project partners, DEKONTA Ltd., GASCONTROL, inc., UNIKASSET, inc. and TECHNICAL SERVICES OF AIR PROTECTION OSTRAVA inc., jointly solve selected current environmental problems with a two-way transfer of information, knowledge and experience and interconnect research application problems with the achieved scientific knowledge. Joint research will be carried out in 2 research plans (RP) with the aim to reduce pollutants in the environment, especially in the air and water, and to utilize bio-waste from their fermentation for energy:
RP1 - Reduction of pollutants in the environment
- Reduction of air pollution (NH3, VOC) by catalytic and photochemical methods.
- Detection of PM1 fractions in waste gases.
- Elimination of xenobiotics and other pollutants (drugs, hormones and personal hygiene products) in surface and waste water by photocatalytic and adsorption methods.
RP2 - Energy use of biowaste
- Increased use of bio-waste for energy production incl. the return of nutrients from processed biowaste to agricultural land.
- Extension of scientific knowledge about possibilities of monitoring and control of anaerobic digestion process in biogas plants.
- Research of new possibilities of biogas cleaning.
- Increasing the use of biogas energy.
The planned results of the project are the creation of 24 joint professional publications in high quality recognized journals and filing of 3 international patent applications. A total of 52.8 (FTE) researchers will be allowed to be employed within the project implementation, of which 1.7 FTE are entirely new researchers.