The IFAT ENTSORGA 2012 show plans to focus on energy-efficiency, looking at ways in which the waste recovery and disposal industry makes use of technologies to reduce air pollution in many different ways. These can include the extraction of harmful substances in biomass combustion processes and the purification of the emissions resulting from the recycling of electronic waste. As a result, more and more systems are recovering energy or secondary raw materials from the emissions streams. Other approaches include energy-saving fans, intelligent control technology and demand-oriented filter cleaning.
"The increasing levels of pollution from fine-particle emissions mean that better and better control of these emissions is necessary. The rising demand for high-performance filters is also increasing energy needs," said Christine Montigny, spokesperson for the VDMA’s air pollution abatement section. "In order to meet these challenges, products needs to be even more energy-efficient, for example by making use of new methods of heat recovery."
Within the EU, wider implementation of European directives is giving new impetus to the market. "Increasingly the EU limit values are also being demanded by the customers, for example in projects in Eastern Europe and in Turkey, which has not been the case in the past," says Montigny.
In Germany, over 150 mainly small and medium-sized companies supply air-pollution abatement solutions for industrial processes. Waste incineration plants, the waste disposal/recovery sector and power stations make up 24% of the customers, the second largest group after the metal industry (35%).
German companies involved in air-pollution abatement have a strongly international business base: exports are at around 50%. According to Guntram Preuß, an industry expert in the VDMA’s section on air-pollution abatement technology, in 2011 the strongest signals for growth came from East and Southeast Asia, from the European countries outside the EU and from Germany itself.
IFAT ENTSORGA 2012 takes place from 7 to 11 May 2012 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany.