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An innovative bio-economy solution to valorise livestock manure into a range of stabilised soil improving materials for environmental sustainability and economic benefit for European agriculture

Objective

BioEcoSIM comprises R&D and demonstration of an integrated approach and business model that has wide EU27 applicability in the agriculture sector. The new European Bio-economy Strategy aims to increase the use of bio-based raw materials. Thus, large quantities of fertilisers will be required. Therefore, this project targets to produce sustainable soil improving products that can be easily handled, transported, and applied. BioEcoSIM will valorise livestock manure as an important example of valuable bio-waste into 1) pathogen-free, P-rich organic soil amendment (P-rich biochar), 2) slow releasing mineral fertilisers and 3) reclaimed water. By doing this, we will i) reduce negative environmental impacts (eutrophication of water bodies, and NH3 and N2O emissions) in intensive livestock regions, ii) help to decrease NH3 produced by the energy-intensive Haber-Bosch process, (iii) mitigate EU’s dependency on the depleting mineral sources for P-fertilisers, (iv) increase water efficiency use in agriculture and (v) support European Strategies and Directives, while generating economic benefits in the agriculture and bio-economy sector.

The project will combine three innovative technologies 1) superheated steam drying and non-catalytic pyrolysis to convert carbon in manure into P-rich biochar and syngas, 2) electrolytic precipitation of struvite and calcium phosphate and 3) selective separation and recovery of NH3 by gas-permeable membrane. Energy required in-process will be generated through combustion of syngas, thus reducing the pressure on finite fossil fuel. Water reclaimed from manure will be utilised for livestock production and/or irrigation. The sustainability of this approach will be validated against standards ISO14040 and ISO14044. Implementation of the R&D results will help fulfil the need for economically viable and environmentally benign practices in European agriculture to move towards a more resource-efficient and circular economy.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/health economics
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 838 586
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (15)

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 346 211
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Volkert Beekman (Dr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 295 344
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alicja Grzegorzek (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 416 920
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephan Dabbert (Prof.)
CENTRO TECNOLOGICO AGRARIO Y AGROALIMENTARIO ASOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 106 376
Address
Avenida De Madrid 44
34004 Palencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Raul Doncel (Mr.)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 320 004
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dirk Saseta (Mr.)
JACEK SLIWKA GOSPODARSTWO ROLNE

Participation ended

Poland
Address
Ulica Lipowa 76
46115 Bukowie
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacek śliwka (Mr.)
BIOCOMPOSTAJES ESPANOLES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 71 526
Address
Ctra Medina Del Campo A Velascalvaro
47463 Velascalvaro Valladolid Castilla Leon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Santiago Ruiz (Mr.)
DOFCO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 144 672
Address
Zuiderweme 4
7261PW Ruurlo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jaap Uenk (Mr.)
YFLOW SISTEMAS Y DESARROLLOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 164 150
Address
Calle Marie Curie 4 Local D 3
29590 Malaga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Galan (Mr.)
Initial Projects Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 153 284
Address
Enterprise Drive Four Ashes
WV10 7DE Wolverhampton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivor Parry (Mr.)
GELTZ UMWELTTECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 064
Address
Kerschensteinerstrasse 6
75417 Muhlacker
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Geltz (Mr.)
AGRO ENERGIE HOHENLOHE GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 205 706
Address
Bachstrasse. 48
74635 Kupferzell
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Karle (Mr.)
ASB GRUNLAND HELMUT AURENZ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 39 741
Address
Mittlerer 19
70499 Stuttgart Weilimdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dietmar Kiechle (Mr.)
HECKMANN MASCHINENBAU UND VERFAHRENSTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 330 860
Address
Hespenweg 20
27313 Dorverden Hulsen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Heckmann (Mr.)
OWS VERWERTUNGSMANAGEMENT GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 35 629
Address
Hefehof 23
31785 Hameln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ingo Bode (Mr.)