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Improved Nutrient and Energy Management through Anaerobic Digestion

Objective

This proposal, INEMAD will concentrate on innovative strategies to reconnect livestock and crop production farming systems. New flows of energy and materials within the agricultural sector (or linked to the agricultural sector) will be analysed and will create opportunities for re-thinking the relation between crop and livestock production. Various options to cope with recycling, greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, and bio-based economy will need an integral assessment on energy and nutrient flows and will cause new arrangements between firms, land use and land management. INEMAD will address the question of what new methods and how new arrangements should be developed to restore the recycling within the specialisation context.
To realize these ambitions, the leading principle of INEMAD is a triangular enlargement of the traditional farming systems with a “processing” system. Processing is proposed as a third system, to be linked with crop and the livestock production, in order to increase agricultural productivity while reducing external energy input and closing nutrient cycle. Nutrient recycling can be done by biogas production and the use of digestate as fertilizer. Digestate can not only replace the manure but also chemical fertiliser because of its comparable properties. INEMAD will analyse improvements options for biogas plants, valorisation options for the digestate, improve the management by the use of optimisation models and compare organisational structures.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Address

Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 549 600

Administrative Contact

Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)

Participants (13)

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SOLTUB TRADE AND SERVICE PROVIDING LIMITED LIABILTY

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 231 600

AGRAREN UNIVERSITET - PLOVDIV

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 226 800

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 260 652

EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 174 800

UNITED EXPERTS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 194 222

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 330 372

ENECO BV

Netherlands

NACIONALNA ASOCIACIA PO BIOMASA

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 64 800

B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 226 029

DEPARTEMENT DE L'AISNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 182 400

SISACKO-MOSLAVACKA ZUPANIJA

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 118 800

BVBA INNOVA ENERGY

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 171 290

IZES GGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 230 259

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 289712

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2012

  • End date

    31 March 2016

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 875 356,20

  • EU contribution

    € 2 961 624

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium