Ecoinnovation projects

On this page, you can find examples of project results within the topics; Water, climate adaptation, circular economy and recycling of waste, cleaner air, less noise, fewer hazardous chemicals, the industry’s environmental performance and ecological and sustainable construction.

Water and Climate Adaptation 

From surface water to drinking water. This report describes the development of a water treatment system with a compact size and which only requirement is a power supply, making it ideal for emergency situations. ISBN: 978-87-93710-06-1. MUDP, 2018 

Improving Phosphorus recovery by supplementing existing Danish wastewater treatment with electrodyalysis
The overall aim of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of the new idea of recovering phosphorus from wastewater by combining the biological processes stimulating phosphorous release and electrodialytic recovery and estimate the power consumption for such process. ISBN: 978-87-7120-955-6. MUDP, 2018

Cermic, high-flux microfiltration membrane
The project combines a range of disciplines within colloidal chemistry, ceramic processing, and membrane engineering in order to develop a ceramic membrane technology with a much higher water flux and lower environmental footprint compared to traditional membranes. A significant reduction of cut-off and a well defined ceramic microfiltration membrane was achieved and testing has shown promissing results. ISBN: 978-87-93710-54-2. MUDP, 2018

Irrigation symbiosis – Local reuse of water for field irrigation
The purpose of the project was to investigate whether it is possible to treat municipal waste water in such a way, that the valuable nutrients are kept in the water, while the problematic substances are removed thereby producing safe, fertilizing irrigation water.  project has proven, that by running existing treatment technologies without nitrification and with low sludge age, it is possible to produce safe nutrient rich irrigation water with both biological treatment systems SBBR and MBR. ISBN: 978-87-93710-72-6. MUDP, 2018

Monitoring Ballast Water Quality 
In the current project a ballast water monitoring system was developed to assess the performance of a ship's system for treating ballast water under the IMO's Ballast Water Management Convention. ISBN: 978-87-7038-076-8, MUDP, 2019

Feasibility study of an indicative Ballast Water Tester
The purpose of this project is to test the feasibility of a series of parameters for indicative analysis of ballast water to assist port state control (PSC) in the assessment of compliance. Naturstyrelsen, Technical report, 2012. ISBN nr. 978-87-7091-621-9

Ballast Water Treatment in Ports
This study investigates the possibilities and feasibility of the port based ballast water treatment by mobile units, Naturstyrelsen, Feasibility study, 2012. ISBN nr. 978-87-7091-621-9.


Cleaner air 

Exhhaust Gas Scrubber Installed Onboard MV Ficaria Seaways
An exhaust gas scrubber able to remove SO2 has been installed in July 2009 as a retrofit onboard the DFDS vessel Ficaria Seaways (Tor Ficaria until July 2011) after a MAN 21 MW 2-stroke engine. The exhaust gas scrubber is able to operate in both a seawater (SW) and a fresh water (FW) mode and it has been tested while the ship was in normal operation. It has been in operation for 5630 hours (June 2012). The obtained results show, that it is possible to reduce the SO2 level to under 19 ppm in the exhaust gas. This corresponds to below 0.1 % sulphur in the fuel whereby it is possible to comply with IMO’s most strict sulphur requirement, which will prevail from January 2015. Environmental Project No. 1429, 2012.

Sulphur trioxide measurement technique for SCR units 
The purpose of the project is the development of SO3 in situ measurement technique which will be suitable for industrial applications where SO2/SO3 emissions occur as e.g. SCR units of power plants and large ship engines running on heavy S-fuel. Miljøprojekt 1885, 2016.

From Corn waste to Energy in China 
The purpose of the current MUDP- project was to establish, test and demonstrate a briquetting plant in the Jilin province that converts corn waste into valuable fuel. The project ran into complications, leading to the termination of the project. However, several positive outcomes have followed from the project efforts including increased interest in converting waste from agricultural production into briquettes.


Fewer hazardous chemicals

Reducing biocide concentrations for preservation of water-based paints
The project has established some opportunities and barriers that could help maintiain the ongoing focus on developing paint with a reduced concentration of biocides. On the basis of these results, a continuous focus will be on both formulation and pro-duction processes, as an absolute necessity to ensure the reduction of the need for biocides for the preservation of water-based paints. Environmental Project No. 2014, 2018

Substitution of Optical Brightener Agents in Industrial Textiles
This report is the result of the partnership Kemi i Kredsløb. The report deals with the challenge of reducing the enivornmental impact of whitenhed textiles without compromising the whitness. Several strategies to reduce the leaching of Optical Brightner Agents (OBA) were evaluated. It was found that optimization of the OBA dosage has a potential to reduce leaching to values lower than the leaching of current OBAs. MUDP-report, 2018

Less preservatives in cosmetics (MiKoKo)
The aim of this project was to develop new methods to minimize the amount of preservatives in cosmetic products and thereby minimize the exposure of preservatives to consumers while retaining product safety and quality require by the Cosmetic Regulation. Environmental project No. 2042, 2018

Substitution of solvents in printing inks 
In this project substitution of three solvents in printing inks has been attempted. The identified substitutes fulfilled all technical requirements and had improved health/environemnt profiles. However, due to high prices, the solutions have not yet been fully implemented and tested. This project has been supported by Kemi i Kredsløb. Environmental Project No. 2015, 2018.


Circular Economy and Recycling of Waste

Shredder residues: Problematic substances in relation to resource recovery
Detailed characterisation of shredder residues shows that certain substances in the waste may present a barrier for efficient and environmentally sound utilization of the resources. Problematic substances are identified and the possibility of source-separation of the problematic substances was assessed. Environmental Project No. 1568, 2014

Electrodialytic upgrading of MSWI APC residue from hazardouse waste to secondary resource 
The aim of this project was to contribute to the development of electrodialytic treatment technology of air pollution control residues (APC) from municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) to obtain maximal leaching reduction by optimization of treatment time and current density for different types of MSWI APC residues. The results of the pilot scale stack experiments did not give the anticipated results and tools for optimized up-scaling, instead laboratory investigations were made on the influence of different membrane brands and influence of different experimental setups. Environmental Project 1884, 2016

Designing out Waste
This MUDP-project examines four case studies with the aim to disseminate already existing knowledge on how to design products more resource efficiently through ecodesign; and to engage in a practice-based research to further develop and disseminate methods for resource efficient design. MUDP-project, 2018.


A complete list of project results can be found here on the Danish website (in Danish).


Joining Technology, Business and Environment

In 2005 a phampleth was published with 9 good examples of how eco-innovation can contribute to reduction of environmental impact.

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