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Patented technologies for the decontamination of soils polluted by organic contaminants

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Materials, components and systems for construction
Installations related to construction (energy, lighting, …)
Environmental Engineering / Technology
Soil and Groundwater Pollution
Remediation of Contaminated Sites
Other pollution and recycling related
Real estate
Construction companies
Engineering and consulting services related to construction


A Belgian company specialized in thermal desorption offers its own sustainable systems to decontaminate a wide range of polluted soils by in situ thermal desorption (without excavation) or on site, while recovering energy. Its patented technologies are offered to companies active in soil remediation or in the construction sector for international commercialization under a license or commercial agreement with technical assistance or for further cooperation with a technical cooperation agreement.



The Belgian company invented a mobile thermal system for thermal desorption. This process heats the soil to a level where pollutants vaporize as they reach the gas phase.
The technology extracts and recovers contaminants kept in the ground by heating the soil through a system of heaters, tubes and drains.
Process heats the soil by conduction cleaning homogeneously 100% of the volume - Contaminants are then recovered or reused as fuel for the burners.
This process gets its innovation from its mobility and the decontamination of soil impacted by hydrocarbons, persistent organic and inorganic pollutants and furthermore, for the decontamination from mercury. The smart burner is consistently being improved.

Applications are wide from oil and gas industry to real estate. Recent examples are the depollution of the undergrounds of a school in France or of a polluted soil with agent orange in Vietnam.
This device is easily applicable to in situ projects, for example on urban settlements, as it is to projects on sites far from any infrastructure.
This technology can be applied by directly drilling in the contaminated area, without excavation, without affecting buildings or installations.
It is also, suitable for already excavated soil or for larger quantities at shallow depths - The clean soil can be reused.

The Belgian company is looking for similar companies active in soil remediation in other countries (worldwide) to whom it could provide the technology (patents and know-how) for local commercialization under a license agreement, a commercial agreement with technical assistance or for further development under a technical cooperation agreement.

Advantages & innovations

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This thermal desorption technology on site is mobile and thus requires no excavation or transportation of polluted soil, and can be installed in hardly accessible places (under buildings, in basements, in parking lots etc.). This also allows for a predictable and guaranteed treatment in a few months and at prices calculated in advance. This technology is also, suitable for already excavated soil or for larger quantities at shallow depths. The clean soil can be reused. Moreover, this process can be used for a wide range of pollutants (hydrocarbons, persistent organic and inorganic pollutants and mercury) and also for a wide range of applications. The technology is the world frontrunner for the depollution of mercury. No residual contamination is left making it possible to recycle and reuse the soil after treatment and to recover up the energy produced during treatment, which makes the process cost-effective. The latest technologies’ developments continue to evolve and improve, bringing new functionalities such as reduced fuel consumption and a greater fuel compatibility. The Belgian SME is offering technical assistance and trainings to support construction compagnies with no anterior expertise in depollution.

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Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The Belgian company is looking for - similar companies active in soil remediation in other countries (worldwide) with own expertise about their local situation - SMEs from the construction sector lacking expertise for the depollution of their site The Belgian company provides the technology (patents and know-how) to the partner, who is responsible for marketing, sales and project execution, local permitting and administration. The partner is provided with trainings and support from the Belgian engineers if needed. The key component of the technology stays as the property of the Belgian company. The partnership can take many forms notably a licence or commercial agreement with technical assistance. Further collaboration such as technical cooperation agreements could also be later envisaged.

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SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500