The project focuses on Ireland and Italy where collectively there were over 10 million pigs in 2016 (Eurostat, 2018). In Ireland alone, almost 3 million tonnes of liquid pig manure is produced on an annual basis. Currently, most of the pig manure produced is land spread, a practice which leads to pressures in terms of sufficiently available land area and the possibility of pollution of surface and ground waters. A viable, sustainable solution for treatment and energy production is urgently required.
PIGergy aims to develop and validate innovative solutions to treat agricultural (pig/swine) waste, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to produce an energy system to contribute to a sustainable, low carbon, and climate-friendly economy.
GlasPort Bio’s antimicrobial agent is used to treat pig waste in-situ to reduce methane production by >98% (based on preliminary trials); with project partners KiRa Technology using their BioGS micro-CHP system for subsequent renewable energy production. The process also has the added benefit of generating biochar – valuable charcoal used in agriculture.
- GlasPort Bio, Ireland
- KiRa Technologies, Italy
- Azienda Agricola Minotti Ivo & C. SS SOC AGRICOLA, Italy
- Future Pigs/Green Generation, Ireland