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ManureEcoMine - Green fertilizer upcycling from manure: Technological, economic and environmental sustainability demonstration

Project Leader
Fuchs Werner, BOKU Project Leader
FP7 - Cooperation - Environment including Global Change (ENV)
EU-Project Instruments
Collaborative Project
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Ahidra, agua y energía, S.L., Carretera de Polinyà a Sentmenat 159, 08213 Polinyà (Barcelona), Spain.
Contact person: Oscar Benito;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Baucells Alibes, S.A. , C/ onze de setembre, 48-50, 08508 Les Masies de Voltregà (Barcelona), Spain.
Contact person: Francesc Baucells Alibés;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Colsen BV, Kreekzoom 5, 4561 GX Hulst, Netherlands.
Contact person: Joop Colsen;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Wilhelm-Johnen-Straße, 52428 Jülich, Germany.
Contact person: Dr. Nicolai David Jablonowski;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Ghent University, Belgium.
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
LVA - Austrian Competence Centre of Food Safety, Magdeburggasse 10, 3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Michael Gartner;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Peltracom NV, Skaldenstraat 7a, 9042 Gent, Belgium.
Contact person: Maaike Perneel;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Girona, Plaça Sant Domènec, 3, 17004 Girona, Spain.
Contact person: LEQUIA | Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Van Alphen BV , Seijdlitzstraat 2, 4571 PR Axel, Netherlands.
Contact person: Jan van Alphen;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Bousek Johannes, Project Staff (bis 31.12.2019)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Institute for Sanitary Engineering and Water Pollution Control
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
Department for Agrobiotechnology, IFA-Tulln, Konrad-Lorenz-Straße 20, 3430 Tulln, Austria
ManureEcoMine proposes 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. European pigs and cows jointly produce about 1.27 billion tons of manure per year, a largely unexploited resource of organic carbon and nutrients, and therefore an exquisite ‘mining’ opportunity.
Technologies of proven efficacy in the field of wastewater treatment will be combined in several process configurations to demonstrate their technological and environmental potential in the treatment of manure at pilot scale. Anaerobic digestion (mesophilic/thermophilic), ammonia stripping, struvite precipitation and partial nitritation/anammox will be 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 will be established, and safety will be managed. Life cycle analyses will 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 will be determined.
environmental research; ecological engineering; Waste management; process engineering; recycling; environmental technology; biotechnology; ecological engineering; environmental protection;
biogas; green fertilizer; nitrogen removal;

Weissenbacher, N; Lesueur, C (2016): Monitoring of antibiotics in manure up-cycling for sustainable fertilizer production .
[5th International EcoSummit Ecological Sustainability, Montpellier, France, 29.08.2016 - 01.09.2016]

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