New cleaning technology presents business opportunity for local German business

An EU-funded project has developed a new means to clean air vents in biological waste treatment facilities, opening up potential new market opportunities

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New pioneering cleaning technology could open up new markets New pioneering cleaning technology could open up new markets

With a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), two local engineering companies and a waste treatment plant operator were able to develop new cleaning technology that they hope to commercialise. 

The long-term goal for the project is to expand its use across Germany and abroad.  

New cleaning techniques 

The two engineering companies, Kranemann Blücherhof and Lippold Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, were brought together with OVVD – Ostmecklenburgisch-Vorpommersche Verwertungs und Deponie, a waste treatment plant operator, developed a proto-type Air-Jet Pipe Cleaner. The proto-type technology is currently undergoing further tests prior to it being rolled out onto the market.

Key benefits

The innovative Air-Jet Pipe Cleaner is able to manoeuvre through air ducts using an electro-hydraulic system, and detect build-up in the vents. It automatically locates the position of the air nozzles and uses high-pressure water jets to remove build-up. This ensures that biological systems can run smoothly. 

The system promises to be the first fully automated cleaning system for air vents used in a waste treatment facility. 


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Air-jet pipe cleaner – New process for cleaning air vents in biological waste treatment facilities” is EURv278 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 139 000 from the Operational Programme “Mecklenburg-Vorpommern” for the 2007-2013 programming period. 


Draft date

09/12/2015