Plasma for plants

Today’s agriculture crucially depends on fertilizers and pesticides that have a major environmental impact. But what if we could feed and protect plants with just water, air and sustainable electric energy? With high-voltage, we can generate a discharge plasma in air that creates reactive nitrogen and oxygen species. These species can be absorbed in water, generating Plasma Activated Water (PAW). This PAW contains disinfecting and nutritious products that can replace pesticides and fertilizers, and it leaves no residue in nature. Research and real-world tests show that PAW works extremely well, but also that each plant and application needs its own blend of PAW components, and that the energy efficiency should be improved. In this project, we will proceed beyond empirical rules: We will study the whole chain of underlying physical processes, and we will develop a programmable high-voltage source for the generation of plant specific PAW recipes in an energy efficient manner, in close collaboration with interested companies

  • Projectnummer / Project number: 17183
  • Deelnemende kennisinstellingen / Participating institutes: Eindhoven University of Technology, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica
  • Gebruikers / Users: 3 bedrijven en 1 organisatie / 3 companies and 1 organization 
  • Projectleider / Project leader: Dr. ir. T. Huiskamp - Eindhoven University of Technology, Dep. of Elec. Engineering
  • Type project / Type project: Lopend
  • Startdatum / Start date: 01-01-2019
  • Programma / Programme: Open Technologieprogramma
  • Vakgebied / Discipline: Natuurkune, Technische wetenschappen


Contact

Dr. Leo Korstanje (Senior programmamedewerker) Dr. Leo Korstanje (Senior programmamedewerker) +31 (0)30 6001300 l.korstanje@nwo.nl