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An integrated approach for biogas production with agricultural waste

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 30348

  • Start date

    1 June 2006

  • End date

    31 May 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 891 939

  • EU contribution

    € 2 103 464

Coordinated by:

DANSK LANDBRUGSRADGIVNING LANDCENTRET

Denmark

Objective

Annually around 700 million tons of agricultural wastes are produced within the EU which represents a high load for farmers that are obligated to get rid of them. So far, the majority of the time manure and crop residues have been receiving the cheapest treatments although these are not the most adequate ones. Upgrading to biogas by means of anaerobic digestion (AD) represents an alternative treatment with a lot of potential as it not only prevents pollution, but also allows for energy and nutrient recovery.
There are still many challenges to be solved in order to make this technology effective to treat agricultural waste and widely accessible to European farmers. Its distribution is still scattered in the EU and farmers, depending on their location, have different opportunities to apply this technology. It is necessary to clarify which are the best conditions, adapted to local situations to treat the targeted residues and make this information accessible to farmers though the IAGs which represent them.
The possibility of co-digestion opens a door plenty of potential to farmers who could be able to treat their own waste together with other organic substrates. By these means, farmers will treat their own residues properly and at the same time, they could make a profit by treating and managing organic waste from other sources (waste disposal and management fees) and by selling and/or using its outputs: heat and electrical power together with a stabilised biofertiliser.
The aim of the proposing IAGs is to gather and gain knowledge about financial, legal and technical requirements to develop feasible agricultural AD treatments for different local conditions to further transfer it to their SME members. This will strengthen the competitiveness of AD treatment of agriculture waste against other treatments and will ensure the compliance with the European and national environmental legislation.

Coordinator

DANSK LANDBRUGSRADGIVNING LANDCENTRET

Address

Udkaersvej, 15
Aarhus N

Denmark

Participants (23)

EUROPEAN BIOMASS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Belgium

FACHVERBAND BIOGAS - GERMAN BIOGAS ASSOCIATION

Germany

ASOCIACION AGRARIA JOVENES AGRICULTORES GRANADA

Spain

SLOVENSKA ASOCIACIA PRE BIOMASU

Slovakia

DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FUER SONNENENERGIE E.V.

Germany

COORDINADORA DE ORGANIZACIONES DE AGRICULTORES Y GANADEROS INICIATIVA RURAL

Spain

PANHELENIC CONFEDERATION OF UNIONS OF AGR. CO-OPS

Greece

ANNEBERGS GARD

Sweden

HAGAVIKS GARD AB

Sweden

TESTA LARA

Italy

POLNOHOSPODARSKE DRUZSTVO - KAPUSANY

Slovakia

BIOMASSE ENERGIE GMBH

Germany

ELBE BIOENERGIE GBR

Germany

R.E.S. - RELIABLE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS - COOPERATIVE SCOCIETY

Italy

SANTIAGO APOSTOL SCA

Spain

EXPLOITATION AGRICOLE A RESPONSABILITE LIMITEE DES BRIMBELLES

France

VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK

Denmark

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

CENTRE WALLON DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES

Belgium

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

BIOAZUL S. L.

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 30348

  • Start date

    1 June 2006

  • End date

    31 May 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 891 939

  • EU contribution

    € 2 103 464

Coordinated by:

DANSK LANDBRUGSRADGIVNING LANDCENTRET

Denmark