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Green fertilizer upcycling from manure:
Technological, economic and environmental sustainability demonstration

Objective

European pigs and cows jointly produce about 1.27 billion tonnes of manure per year, a largely unexploited resource of organic carbon and nutrients, and therefore an exquisite ‘mining’ opportunity. ManureEcoMine proposes an integrated approach to the treatment and reuse of animal husbandry waste in nitrate vulnerable and sensitive areas and beyond, by applying the eco-innovative principles of sustainability, resource recovery and energy efficiency. Technologies of proven efficacy in the wastewater treatment field will be combined in several process configurations to demonstrate their technological and environmental potential at pilot scale for cow and pig manure. Anaerobic digestion (mesophilic/thermophilic), ammonia stripping, struvite precipitation and partial nitritation/anammox will be key technologies. To render the cradle-to-cradle approach complete, the fertilizer and potential trace contaminants effects of recovered nutrients on plant growth and soil health and emissions will established, and safety will be managed. Life cycle analyses will determine the sustainability of the concept as such, and identify the most environmentally friendly technology and most effective and safe reuse strategy. Finally, the boundaries of economic viability will be determined.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/animal husbandry
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 664 480
Administrative Contact
Evelien Vandevelde (Ms.)

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 333 556
Address
Placa Sant Domenec 3
17004 Girona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helena Montiel (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 310 528,80
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Cacheiro Martinez (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 229 618
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Werner Fuchs (Prof.)
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 237 478,25
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Petra Insberg (Mrs.)
COLSEN, ADVIESBURO VOOR MILIEUTECHNIEK BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 830 930,40
Address
Kreekzoom 5
4561 GX Hulst
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Boris Colsen
MAATSCHAP J.W.E.M. EN G.W.M. VAN ALPHEN-MULDERS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 261 714,40
Address
Seijdlitzstraat 2
4571 PR Axel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Van Alphen (Mr.)
AHIDRA AGUA Y ENERGIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 364 190,40
Address
Ctra De Polinya A Sentmenat 159
08213 Polinya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oscar Benito (Mr.)
BAUCELLS ALIBES SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 239 737,60
Address
Calle Onze De Setembre 48-50
08508 Les Masies De Voltrega
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesc Baucells Alibés (Mr.)
LVA GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 289 787,60
Address
Blaasstrasse 29
1190 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Gartner (Dr.)
GREENYARD HORTICULTURE BELGIUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 37 719
Address
Skaldenstraat 7A
9042 Desteldonk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Oliver Grunert (Mr.)