ManureEcoMine

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 proposed 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 were 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 were 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 were established, and safety was managed. Life cycle analyses were used to 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 were also highlighted.

Partners

 

  • AHIDRA AGUA Y ENERGIA SL
  • BAUCELLS ALIBES SA
  • COLSEN, ADVIESBURO VOOR MILIEUTECHNIEK BV
  • FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH
  • LVA GMBH
  • MAATSCHAP J.W.E.M. EN G.W.M. VAN ALPHEN-MULDERS
  • PELTRACOM NV
  • UNIVERSIDADE DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
  • UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
  • UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
  • UNIVERSITEIT GENT

 

Project website
 

Status
finished
Budget
5.496.455,3 euros
Countries
Belgium
The Netherlands
Germany
Austria
Spain
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