European pigs and cows jointly produce about 1.27 billion tonnes of manure per year, the volume of 500.000 Olympic swimming pools and a largely unexploited resource of organic carbon and nutrients. ManureEcoMine (“Green fertilizer upcycling from manure: Technological, economic and environmental sustainability demonstration”) aims at transllating this quantitative waste problem into a great opportunity for nutrient recovering and reusing.
Thus, during 3 years technologies of proven efficacy in the wastewater treatment field will be combined in several process configurations to demonstrate their technological and environmental potential at pilot scale for cow and pig manure. The result: high-performance, flexible and concentrated fertilizers that can be applied to intensive crop production in nutrient-deficient regions.
ManureEcoMine is coordinated by Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Toxicoly of Ghent University and has a budget of 3,8 million Euros. It is one of the 14 research projects funded through the 2013 Environment call of the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) to shape a more resource-efficient economy in Europe. Partners are 5 research institutions and 6 private companies from Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain and Germany. A powerful and balanced consortium that includes a team of the Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering of UdG led by Dr. Jesús Colprim. The project Kick Off Meeting will be held in Ghent (Belgium) next 7th-8th November.