Plasma Activated Water for Sustainable Agriculture

An EIP Operational Group worked on upscaling the production of Plasma Activated Water (PAW) and on demonstrating its effectiveness and cost efficiency as a sustainable nitrogen fertiliser.

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Project summary: 

An EIP AGRI Operational Group worked on upscaling and demonstrating the fertilising and hygienic properties of Plasma Activated Water (PAW) in the cultivation of various crops on a real-world scale. The hygienic effect of PAW was also tested on the cultivation of roses to prevent and treat the formation of mildew, demonstrating that fewer chemical pesticides are needed to improve plant health.

Project results: 

It was demonstrated that nitrogen fertiliser can be produced with the PAW technology in a decentralised way, ‘in-situ’ with on-farm inputs, and without any CO2 emissions.

Making the PAW technology widely accessible to farmers will make farm businesses less dependent on the current fertiliser supply chain and contribute to reducing the use of fertilisers made using fossil fuels. The Operational Group results will also showcase the positive effects of using PAW as a spray on plant health to reduce the use of pesticides.