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Abstract

The aim of the project is to integrate, into a farm, a system for the production of alternative energy using almost local resources and to save energy and fertilizers. The IL PRATO farm, near Sassari, has promoted this interesting and complex farm integrated unit. The production cycle covers various inter related agricultural sectors, the technical and economic development of which is based mainly on rationalising the use of energy obtained mostly from the processing of organic waste from poultry breeding (about 100,000 poultry), and to a lesser extent, from the exploitation of wind energy. The farm would thus become completely self sufficient in energy and would no longer have to rely on expensive fuel and electricity from conventional sources. The limited size of the farm allows comprehensive testing of the project's efficiency with regard both to intensive farming using organic fertilizers produced on the farm, and to energy-saving. Applicability of the process to this and other sectors: Results since the plant went on stream have shown that the biogas production process in the IL PRATO experiment can be applied to all poultry farming effluent. It has also been demonstrated that, with very little dilution, anaerobic digestion can be used in any high efficiency plant for any kind of biomass as long as it contains 8-10% dry matter.

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Authors: VINCENTI E SOCIETA POLITECNICA ITALIANA, CITTA DI CASTELLO, PERUGIA (ITALY), SOCIETA POLITECNICA ITALIANA, CITTA DI CASTELLO, PERUGIA (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11195 IT/EN (1987) FS, 35 P., BFR 200, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989126021701 / Last updated on: 1989-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: it,en