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PlaLuSt - Plasma air purification in the pigsty to reduce ammonia content and simultaneously improve animal welfare


Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

Federal State

Lower Saxony and Bremen


Calenberger Straße 2
30169 Hannover

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

PlaLuSt - Plasma air purification in the pigsty to reduce ammonia content and simultaneously improve animal welfare

Project description

The overarching goal of the project is to reduce the ammonia content and improve animal welfare in animal housing. The aim of the project is to develop a plasma-based air purification system adapted to the prevailing conditions for a pigsty, to implement this in the stable and to test for a reduction in the ammonia content in the stable as well as the influence on the animal. The project aims to increase both animal welfare and animal health and thus limit the use of antibiotics to a minimum. The use of plasma processes can represent an environmentally and resource-saving alternative to reducing ammonia through chemical-biological processes. When using an atmospheric pressure plasma, ions, highly reactive nitrogen and oxygen radicals, among others, are formed from the surrounding air by applying a voltage to electrically insulated electrodes. This causes ammonia to break down and pathogens are killed. The process promises to be less expensive to purchase and maintain and more environmentally friendly than conventional air purification systems.

Final report

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Key words

  • Animal husbandry
  • animal welfare

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

HAWK Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst
Hohnsen 4
31134 Hildesheim

Phone: 05121/881112

Email: wolfgang.vioel@hawk.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Researcher
  • Industry

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