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Modern Environmental Technology Tests In The Old Gasworks Area In Bydgoszcz (project PROMOTE ETV-SGS)

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BF080111

Volume

107

Pages

8

Page Range

113 - 120

Published

2008

Size

1,115 kb

Author(s)

W. Irminski & M. Wroblewska

Abstract

PROMOTE is one of the currently running research projects evaluating and implementing ETV (Environmental Technology Verification). It is funded by the European Union in the 7th Framework Program. An ETV certificate guarantees that new equipment or innovative technology corresponds to the producer’s description of advantages and simultaneously responds to the environmental requirements of EU experts. ETV-SGS (Soil-Groundwater Systems) has to answer several logical requirements to be useful and understandable. The general rules of system operation are compliant with the PRINCE2 methodology applied in many countries. This involves laboratory and field test stages. In the PROMOTE project the research site in Poland was chosen for field tests of innovative measurements and monitoring technology. The site was located at the Old Gasworks in Bydgoszcz whose terrain is strongly contaminated. The area is recognized and documented with contamination by organic compounds of ground and groundwater – vestiges of 140 years of gas production from coal – hence became for PROMOTE project purposes and the ETV system an ideal research site. Despite the number of years since the site has been used, tests conducted in cooperation with the Municipality of Bydgoszcz and the land owner i.e. Pomorska Spolka Gazownictwa, confirmed the longevity of pollutants and the high risk assessment for the ground and groundwater environment. The results obtained are all the more credible as the innovative technology tests were verified with classical methods and simultaneous analysis in three different, independent European laboratories in Stuttgart, Barcelona and Warsaw. Keywords: brownfield, old gasworks, groundwater contamination, Environmental Technology Verification.

Keywords

brownfield, old gasworks, groundwater contamination, Environmental Technology Verification.