CleanTech – 2-Seas Technology Centre for Clean Environment

Countries: France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands
Border(s): France-Belgium, France-United Kingdom, Belgium-Netherlands, Belgium-United Kingdom,
Channel Arc, Dunkirk-West Vlaanderen-Côte d'Opale,
European programme(s):
Interreg IVA - 2 Seas
- Climate change, risk management and prevention
- The environment, resources and waste

Lead partner: University of Littoral Côte d'Opale (ULCO)

The goal of CleanTech is to help decrease the discharge of air pollutants in the cross-border area. The partners will look at the role of nitrogen and sulfur oxides in atmospheric pollution. These pollutants – the general oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and the general oxides of sulfur (Sox) – are often the result of direct combustions formed in industrial processes.

Building on previously developed methods and tools, with the support of the public sector and industry itself, and thanks to collaborations between different research laboratories, the partnership will now develop models to validate their findings. Initially modelling and developing a pilot procedure, partners will also detect and measure the chemicals present during the combustion process and finally, they will develop advanced sensors which can be used during the industrial process to control emissions.


  • Laboratory for Physico-Chemistry of the Atmosphere, EA 4493, University of Littoral Côte d’Opale (France)
  • Functional Materials Group - University of Kent Canterbury (FMG-UKC) (Grande-Bretagne)
  • CNRS, Board of Nord-Pas-de-Calais Picardie (France)
  • Delft Department of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Delft (Pays-Bas)
  • Laboratory of Solids Reactivity and Chemistry, UMR CNRS 6007 University of Picardie Jules Verne (France)

Project goals

  • To understand, model and use mecanisms of combustion process studying the impact of some additives in manufacturing procedures  ;
  • To develop detection technologies (THz spectroscopy) to identify more precisely nitrogen and sulphur oxide emissions ;
  • To develop chemical sensors ;
  • To promote new technologies to reduce NOx and SOx emissions in manufactures and transports.

Project activities

press relases and publication of studies

Project duration

From 01/07/2009 to 31/12/2012

Total cost

1 788 807 €

EU funding

894 403 €