Entries by SYSTEMIC

Lessons learnt from five large-scale demonstration plants

Five large biogas plants participating in SYSTEMIC  project as demonstration plants, have constructed innovative nutrient recovery and recycling (NRR) installations and developed new business cases over the course of the project. The five biogas plants convert biowaste, animal manure and sewage sludge into valuable organic and mineral fertilising products. Though they each operate under unique […]

Can the inclusion of nutrient recovery in the EU ETS scheme support its growth?

Five large biogas plants participating in SYSTEMIC[1], have installed and successfully demonstrated anaerobic digestion with full scale technical nutrient recovery and recycling. Several digestate derived N fertilisers show nutrient use efficiencies equivalent to synthetic N fertilisers and are compliant with proposed “RENURE[2]” (“REcovered Nitrogen from manure”) criteria – for animal by-product-derived fertilising products. However, revenues […]

Watch again our online webinar!

If you missed our online webinar on “Enabling the Circular Economy: How to encourage a viable agricultural market for nutrients recovered from biowaste” you can now watch the recording here after providing your name and email address. The agenda of the event: AGENDA • Welcome and introduction to SYSTEMIC – Oscar SCHOUMANS, Coordinator of SYSTEMIC, […]

New Video!

Watch our new video on the recycling of nutrients for agriculture and what motivates biogas plants to get involved in nutrient recovery.  

SYSTEMIC webinar – Enabling a circular economy (27/5/2021)

Enabling a Circular Economy: How to encourage a viable agricultural market for nutrients recovered from biowaste Thursday 27th May: 1330-1530 – online webinar Recovering valuable nutrients from biowaste (food waste, manure, sewage sludge, municipal waste etc.) and adapting them for reuse in agriculture, is fundamental part of shifting European agriculture away from its current linear […]

The European Biogas Association has recently released its 2020 statistical report which includes the  latest available data on the development of biogas and biomethane across Europe. Among other things, the report features an analysis of the impact of key EU policies on the scale-up of the biogas and biomethane sectors in Europe. Learn more about it here. […]

ManuREsource 2021: save the date!

The fifth edition of the ManuREsource conference will take place on November 24-26 2021 in the Netherlands, with participation of SYSTEMIC. ManuREsource is an international triple-helix conference for scientists, policy makers, consultants, farmers and professionals on the theme of manure management. In November 2021, the conference will host participants from around 20 countries. We hope […]

New publication!

A collaborative study by SYSTEMIC researchers from Ghent University and Wageningen University Research was recently published in the Journal of Soils and Sediments. The title of their paper is titled “Solid fraction of separated digestate as soil improver: implications for soil fertility and carbon sequestration”. The article compares the stabilities of organic carbon and nitrogen […]

RENURE report published by the Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has recently published the Science for Policy report “Technical proposals for the safe use of processed manure above the threshold established for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones by the Nitrates Directive (91/676/EEC)”. The objective of the report is to help define those harmonised criteria that could allow nitrogen […]

Testing digestate as a fertilizer on maize crops

  As part of the SYSTEMIC project in Italy, the University of Milan and the company Acqua & Sole are testing the use of digestate as a fertilizer on maize crops. The trial uses digestate and ammonium sulphate produced by the anaerobic digestion plant owned by Acqua & Sole, in comparison with parallel tests carried […]