In many industrial processes waste gases, fluids or solids are contaminated by harmful substances. The residue-free disposal of these substances is the polluters’ legal obligation. In Germany, the relevant statutory provisions are regulated in the Federal Pollution Control Act and related provisions.
Numerous methods and equipment have been developed in the past for the purpose of meeting these legal requirements. Such methods include the purification of exhaust gases and the conversion of pollutant into harmless and maximally residue-free substance for instance through thermal or catalytic post-treatment. However, currently applied procedures still exhibit significant economic and technical disadvantages. In particular, the existing solutions often show insufficient results with regard to the elimination of pollutants. At the same time, high costs arise from the necessary activation energies in the processes and the used catalysts.
This network joined capacities in order to generate market-effective, new and innovative technologies and systems engineering striving towards international excellence. Several small and medium-sized enterprises and two research partners worked together to solve these problems. "Flirika" wasfunded as a network management East (NEMO) project under the federal Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM).