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New health care risk waste treatment methods with the focus on autoclaving

The project involves the creation of new, effective tools
and technologies for improvements to waste treatment in
existing and new health risk waste management systems.

This is a development project in the field of health care risk waste management in hospitals and other health establishments which focuses on new equipment and autoclaving technology needed for total solutions regarding the very practical, individual and local needs which exist in these areas. Next the project will look at the whole waste production process to develop new solutions to benefit the environment and the economy. The purpose of the project is to introduce a new concept and technology in health care risk waste management to the European and global market, which offers a far more flexible, economically and environmentally overall solution regarding the whole process of the health care waste route in hospitals and other health establishments. Existing autoclave systems are most a one-solution technology which fits either a particular hospital or is based on standard, semi-mobile systems with a lot of capacity by far less flexible to very different needs e.g. in East Europe where the economy and bad infrastructure creates other conditions, the most important alternative is incineration, but this method is often described with a profound scepticism because of the environmental complications and the economy. In many countries there are severe restrictions concerning the use of incineration as a waste treatment method. There is a substantial need for the devleopmenmt of a more efficient and economically sustainable solution concerning the choice and correlation between these treatment practices. The existing autoclaving systems in many countries in Europe are based on large, semi-mobile autoclave systems where the waste is collected at hospitals and after the inactivation process, brought to either landfill or incineration. This standard equipment is due to a lot of transportation which is often not very economic. Therefore this is a need for an autoclave system either more locally or regionally oriented in terms of stationary treatment solutions. It is the aim of this development project to establish a new, flexible autoclave technology which will highly benefit both environmental, economic and legislative conditions and also guarantee a prospective lift in terms of a more future-oriented solution. Basic, a new autoclave system must be flexible as regards the following items: * it must be tailored to local and very different needs regarding waste categories and amounts * it must satisfy a solution concerning areas where there is bad infrastructure * it must be as economically sustainable as possible as regards logistics and transportation e.g. in areas where there are small amounts to collect * it must be a solution in areas where a large treatment centre with capacity for a whole region is profitable * it must comply with all legislation, regulations and other demands relating to the environment, transportation and handling. The project is established as a cooperation between two Danish and a German business partner. All with different experiences within the focused area. TEAM-R, a Danish consultant firm is the project manager, the German company G.O.K. GMBH is responsible for system development and the establishment of networks and further project partners. And last, the Danish company ENVIKRAFT A/S is responsible for a technology development regarding the autoclaving waste treatment method. Keywords: autoclaving, waste, flexible.
Project ID: 
2 461
Start date: 
01-08-2000
Project Duration: 
52months
Project costs: 
700 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Incineration and Pyrolysis
Market Area: 
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