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Spanish and Italian stakeholders visit the pilot site

On the 30-31st of May, 17 participants from Spain came to visit the DIGESMART implementation site. The public consisted mainly biogas plant operators, biogas plant providers, environmental consultants, pig producer, people from a waste management company and scientists. After the explanation of the DIGESMART plant, the composting treatment using the heat of the biogas plant, the biogas plant, the solid-to-liquid separation system, the CHP, the nitrification-denitrification plant, and the lagoon treatment were visited. There was a lot of interest in the full treatment of digestate and manure at the site and the incorporation of DIGESMART solution in it.

Before the site visit on the 26th August 2016, an introductory workshop of the project was held for the Italian stakeholders, including an overview of biogas market in Flanders in Gistel close to the pilot plant the same day. About twelve participants attended the visit tour, mainly biogas plant operators and environmental consultant. After the Workshop, discussions related to agricultural biogas plants, markets, legislation and cost comparison were developed then between Italian biogas plant operators and DIGESMART partners.

During the visit, Stefano Bechis, Alessandro Sopegno (UNITO) and Jonathan De Mey (BIOGAS-E) explained the details about the stripping and solar drying plant. At the same time, Alessandro Sopegno (UNITO) led the visit, helping with the translation and providing support to understand the DIGESMART plant. The most important thing for the visitors was the opportunity to see first hand the situation of biogas in Belgium and to make useful comparisons between Italian and Belgian biogas plant operating costs.

Research on ammonia stripping is picking up

A search query was composed to assess the number of publication on ammonia stripping or recovery related to anaerobic digestion. Analysing the figure above makes it clear that in 2015 and 2016 the number of publications rose very significantly. A small bump can be seen in the year 2011. This could signify a larger interest in stripping/scrubbing. This interest is very important, as validation by the scientific world could contribute to a more successful replication of the technology. As The DIGESMART project started in 2012, it is clear that the project was way ahead this (renewed) research interest.

More information about this recent update can be acquired by contacting:
Italy:              DISAFA, SATA               Remigio Berruto -
Spain:            AINIA                            Paz Gomez –  
Belgium:        Biogas-E                Jonathan De Mey -  
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