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European Biogas Initiative to improve the yield of agricultural biogas plants (EU-AGRO-BIOGAS)

Project Leader
Amon Thomas, Project Leader
Duration:
15.01.2007-31.03.2010
Programme:
Research for Policy Support (FP6)
EU-Project Instruments
Spec. Target. o Inn. Project (STREP)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Agrotechnolog and Food Innovations B.V., Bornsesteeg 59, 6798 PD Wageningen, Netherlands.
Contact person: Dr. Jan Huijsmans;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences , Denmark.
Contact person: Dr. Sven Sommer;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Deutschland, Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft, Bartningstraße 49, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany.
Contact person: Dr. Henning Eckel. DI Hemlut Döhler;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
EC Baltic Renewable Energy Centre, Poland.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Federal Research Centre for Agriculture , Bundesallee 50, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany.
Contact person: Prof. Peter Weiland;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
GE Jenbacher GmbH & Co OHG , Achenseestraße 1-3, 6200 Jenbach, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Günter Herdin;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research North Wyke Research Station, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2SB, United Kingdom.
Contact person: Dr. Phil Hobbs;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim e.V., Max-Eyth-Allee 100, 14469 Potsdam, Germany.
Contact person: Dr. Monika Heiermann, Dr. Matthias Plöchl;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Research Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Drnovská 07, 16101 Praha, Czech Republic.
Contact person: Dr. Z. Pastorek;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
RTD Services , Rudolf Sallinger Platz 1, 1030 Wien , Austria.
Contact person: DI Andreas Moser, DI Markus Lyson;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Thöni Industriebetriebe GmbH, Obermarktstraße 48, 6410 Telfs, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Universitá degli Studi di Torino, Via L. da Vinci, 44, 10095 Grugliasco, Italy.
Contact person: Prof. Paolo Balsari;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Vogelsang GmbH, Holthöge 10-14, 49632 Essen, Germany.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Amon Barbara, Sub Projectleader
Eder Michael, Project Staff
Moder Karl, Project Staff
Götz Maximilian, Project Staff (bis 31.08.2014)
Hrbek Regina, Project Staff (bis 16.09.2007)
Bauer Alexander, Project Staff
Hopfner-Sixt Katharina, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2008)
Kryvoruchko Vitaliy, Project Staff (bis 29.02.2008)
Schützenauer Corinna, Project Staff (bis 31.03.2009)
Bodiroza Vitomir, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2008)
Leonhartsberger Christian, Project Staff (bis 31.01.2011)
Gspan Breda, Project Staff (bis 31.07.2010)
Zima Jacqueline, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2007)
Machmüller Andrea, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2007)
Simic Violetta, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2008)
Fistarol Lyson Debora, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2011)
Dubrovina Olga, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2009)
Mayr Herwig Alois, Project Staff (bis 31.10.2009)
Ilic Desanka, Project Staff (bis 31.08.2011)
Hörtenhuber Stefan, Project Staff
Schmittner Maria, Project Staff (bis 31.01.2009)
Milovanovic Dejan, Project Staff (bis 30.06.2008)
BOKU Research Units
Division of Agricultural Engineering
Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics (AFO)
Institute of Statistics
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Abstract
The EU-AGRO-BIOGAS STREP project targets the area SUSTDEV-1.1.1 “Cost-effective supply of renewable energies” and in particular the topic “Innovative approaches to improving the yield of medium to large scale biogas plants” of the work programme to the EU 6th Framework Programme for Research, Technology and Demonstration. The main objectives of this project are to

- develop and demonstrate a standard methodology to assess the methane yield of several regionally available raw materials as substrates for an agricultural biogas plant,

- to develop and demonstrate an automatic monitoring, management and early-warning system for agricultural, medium to large scale biogas plants and

- to optimise and demonstrate innovative approaches to improve biogas yield and energy output at agricultural biogas plants.

The consortium combines know-how from universities, applied research institutions and companies. To ensure an efficient technology transfer into demonstration activities at full scale commercial agricultural biogas plants, selected operators (SMEs) of medium to large scale agricultural biogas plants have already agreed to provide access to their plants, being the main beneficiaries of the project.
Objectives:
1.To optimise the planning and operating process of agricultural biogas plants based on the European online substrate atlas-database and standardised methane energy valuation model with the aim to reduce investment costs (including quality control)
2. To optimise the biogas production through a demonstration of an innovative feeding technology to bring in the substrate or mixtures into the agricultural biogas plant
3. To monitor, identify and benchmark the main influence factors during the technological process in agricultural biogas plants based on already available data and newly monitored medium and large agricultural biogas plants (16 biogas plant operators have already agreed to co-operate)
4.To test, implement and demonstrate a newly developed monitoring, management and early-warning system for agricultural biogas plants and new and innovative technological solutions under full-scale operating conditions in agricultural biogas plants
5. To improve the degree of efficiency in the fermenter of about 35%
6. To increase the biogas yield of about 40%
7. To optimise and guarantee quality and safety of digested material
8. To improve, optimise and demonstrate several selected conversion technologies which will lead to an improvement of the degree of efficiency (CHP, heat utilisation)
9. To reduce the investment and operational costs of medium and large agricultural biogas plants of about 20 to 30%
10. To disseminate and present the demonstration projects to planners, investors and farmers as potential users and to provide inputs for the future development of energy policy and legislation
Keywords
enzymology; agronomy; cereal production, cereals; crop husbandry; plant breeding; seed breeding; agricultural ecology; renewable energy; renewable resources; renewable resources; agricultural economics; agricultural policy; agricultural machines and equipment; agricultural construction; agricultural ecology; environmental protection;
Publications

Amon, T. (2009): European Biogas Initiative to improve the yield of agricultural biogas plants.
[NJF Seminar 428 2009 - Energy conversion from biomass production - EU-Agro Biogas, Viborg, Denmark, 09.09.2009 - 10.09.2009]

In: Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists (NJF), NJF Report. Vol 5. No.3 Year 2009

Amon, T. (2009): Möglichkeiten zur Optimierung von Rohstoffmischungen an Beispielen.
[FNR/KTBL Kongress Biogas in der Landwirtschaft 2009 - Stand und Perspektiven, Weimar, Germany, 15.09.2009 - 16.09.2009]

In: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. und Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft (KTBL), FNR/KTBL Kongress Biogas in der Landwirtschaft - Stand und Perspektiven, 15./16. September 2009 in Weimar

T. Amon, H. Mayr, M. Eder, P. Hobbs, S. Rao Ravella, U. Roth, A. Niebaum, H. Doehler, P. Weiland, E. Abdoun, A. Moser, M. Lyson, M. Heiermann, M. Plöchl, J. Budde, A. Schattauer, T. Suarez, H. Möller, A. Ward, F. Hillen, P. Sulima, A. Oniszk-Polplawska, P. Krampe, Z. Pastorek, J. Kara, J. Mazancova, H. Jan van Dooren, C.` Wim, F. Gioelli, P. Balsari (2009): EU Agro Biogas .
[17th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition 2009 - From Research to Industry and Markets, Hamburg, Germany, 29.06.2009 - 03.07.2009]

In: ETA Florence, 17th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg,, VP2.6.27

T. Amon, H. Mayr, M. Eder, P. Hobbs, S. Rao Ravella, U. Roth, A. Niebaum, H. Doehler, P. Weiland, E. Abdoun, A. Moser, M. Lyson, M. Heiermann, M. Plöchl, J. Budde, A. Schattauer, T. Suarez, H. Möller, A. Ward, F. Hillen, P. Sulima, A. Oniszk-Polplawska, P. Krampe, Z. Pastorek, J. Kara, J. Mazancova, H.J. v. Dooren, C. Wim, F. Gioelli, P. Balsari (2009): EU Agro Biogas Project.
[33rd CIOSTA and 5th CIGR Conference 2009 - Technology and management to ensure sustainable agriculture, agro systems, forestry and safety, Reggio Calabria, Italy, 17.06.2009 - 19.06.2009]

In: Giametta G., Zimbalatti, G., XXXIII CIOSTA CIGR V Conference 2009, Technology and Management to Ensure Sustainable Aagriculture, Agro Systems, Forestry and Safety. Volume 2, S. 1081-1085; ISBN: 978-88-7593-031-2

Amon, T. (2008): EU-AGRO-BIOGAS-Project.

Nachwachsende Rohstoffe Nr. 50 - Dezember 2008, S. 11, ISSN 1993-1476, BLT - Biomass, Logistics, Technology Francisco Josephinum FullText

Moser,A. (2008): Europäische Biogas Initiative.

Arge kompost&biogas S. 46-47 FullText

Vorträge

Amon, T. (2008): Das EU-AGRO-BIOGAS-Projekt: Ein Überblick.

Workshop "EU-AGRO-BIOGAS: Optimierung von Biogasanlagen in der Genehmigungspraxis", 06.02.2008, Potsdam

Amon, T. (2008): Kaskadische Nutzung von Biomasse in der Biogaserzeugung.

11.IIR-Jahreskongress "GAS 2008" Neue Gasflüsse in Europa: Österreichs Positionierung bei Infrastruktur, Transit und Gashandel, 24.09.2008, Wien

Amon, T. (2008): European Biogas Iniciative to improve the yield of agricultural biogas platns (Small Target Research Project FP6).

3rd CeBiTec Symposium, 12.-14.08.2008, Bielefeld

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