"For environmental sustainability and economic benefit for European agriculture."

Project Overview

Specific objectives of the project's work packages (WP)

  • WP1: to design, construct and validate an integrated thermal process (superheated steam dryer and pyrolysis reactor) to treat solid manure fraction of 5 kg/h raw pig manure.
  • WP2: to design, construct and validate a phosphorus precipitation process to recover N, P, Ca and Mg from the liquid fraction of 5 kg/h raw pig manure.
  • WP3: to design, construct and validate an ammonia recovery unit from gaseous outputs of superheated steam dryer and the electrolytic precipitation reactor.
  • WP4: to integrate and validate the resulted units into a laboratory-scale unit for an input flow rate of 5 kg/h raw manure and to verify the process outputs in pot and field experiments.
  • WP5: to scale up the process to a fully-automated pilot-scale unit to treat 100 kg/h raw pig manure.
  • WP1-WP3: to validate the biochar and mineral fertilisers with eco-toxicity tests.
  • WP6: to operate the pilot-scale unit continually for a period of 6 months and to evaluate the process outputs in agronomic trials.
  • WP7: to assess the social, environmental and economic sustainability based on ISO 14040 and 14044 and ILCD.
  • WP8: to ensure that IP and results developed in the project are adequately protected, widely disseminated and exploited with a robust post-project plan.
  • WP9: to ensure the management of the consortium; the management and coordination of the project with the EC and the overall management of the scientific undertakings.

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Working Packages
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The BioEcoSIM consortium consists of 15 partners from 4 different EU-27 states with complementary and non-overlapping expertise that is able to successfully deliver all of the interrelated aspects of this project and to develop a resource and energy efficient process to convert wasted livestock manure into stabilised, pathogen-free soil improving materials. It contains necessary skills, resources and capabilities from industrial participants; nine SMEs and one LE, and five research institutions in the enabling technologies (superheated steam drying and pyrolysis, electrolytic precipitation, membrane absorption technology, process control, and agronomic validation) and the subsequent exploitation and dissemination, ensuring all stages that sustainability (economic and environmental) is scientifically verified.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n°308637   European Union