The SYSTEMIC project organised a workshop on biogas installations, energy and nutrient recovery from biobased residues and waste streams on 18 September 2019 in Gent, which featured an excursion to the largest biogas plant in Belgium, AM-Power.
The workshop discussed:
- the potential of biogas plants as producers of renewable energy and fertilisers;
- nutrient mass flow analysis in digestate treatment processes;
- precision fertilisation of biobased fertilisers; and
- nutrient recovery and fertiliser industry.
- SYSTEMIC: large scale eco-innovation to advance the circular economy and mineral recovery from organic waste in Europe, Oscar Shoumans, Wageningen Research
- Potential of biogas plants as producers of renewable energy and fertilisers, Gregory Reuland, European Biogas Association
- Nutrient mass flow analysis in digestate treatment processes at the SYSTEMIC demonstration plants, Claudio Brienza, Gent University
- From lab to field: precision fertilisation of biobased fertilisers, Prof. Fabrizio Adani, University of Milan
- Nutrient recovery and fertiliser industry: perspective from an international chemical company, Dr. Marina Ettl, YARA
Biowaste – such as animal manure, sewage sludge and food waste – forms the most abundant waste stream in Europe and hence, the most prominent potential resource for the production of biogas and the recovery and re-use of mineral nutrients like Phosphorus (P), Nitrogen (N) and Potassium (K).
SYSTEMIC works to facilitate the transition to a circular economy in Europe by demonstrating new approaches to nutrient recovery from biowaste and hence, to sustain our future food production while decreasing environmental impacts.