From waste to resource: Circular economy in the poultry sector through the energy use of manure

AVIENERGY is a project carried out by a supra-autonomous Operational Group (covering the regions of Galicia, Castilla y León and Murcia) whose purpose is to promote a more efficient use of resources in the poultry sector by applying a strategy based on the foundations of the circular bioeconomy, enabling a more efficient use of the waste generated in poultry activity to improve the sector’s competitiveness and environmental impact.

This strategy focuses on the recovery of the manure generated in poultry farms (meat and egg production) for its use as an input to obtain a source of renewable energy and fertilizers and components for the use of nutrients in the soil. Poultry manure, chicken manure and manure represent some of the most abundant and problematic waste in the poultry sector and the proposed solution aims to become an efficient and environmentally sustainable tool with which to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases while improve the competitiveness of the sector itself.

The project will value the chicken manure and manure thermochemically (combustion) by means of a burner specially adapted to this type of waste that will allow the obtaining of thermal energy that can be used to satisfy the existing heat demand on the farms. The ashes produced during combustion will be considered a valuable by-product that can be applied directly to the soil to take advantage of existing nutrients, favoring crop growth. Additionally, the feasibility of implementing a micro-cogeneration system based on an organic Rankine cycle will be analyzed to obtain electrical energy that can be used on the farm itself. This innovative solution would make it possible to reduce the energy dependency of farms.

The Operational Groups, main actors in the implementation of the AEI-Agri (European Association of Innovation in productive and sustainable agriculture), are one of the key tools in the execution of the National Rural Development Program 2014-2020 to promote innovation in the agri-food and forestry sector within the European sphere. This is the grouping of agents with different profiles with common interests, such as farmers, ranchers, companies, research or training and dissemination centres, who come together to launch an innovation project in order to provide a joint response and multisectorial to a problem or need.

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PARTNERS: Participating Members:

  • Fundación Empresa Universidad Gallega (FEUGA), representante del Grupo Operativo
  • Energylab
  • Demaux Manufacture S.L.,
  • Granja José Antonio García,
  • Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura (CEBAS-CSIC)
  • Universidad de Vigo
  • Avícola El Charcón
  • Alimentos del Mediterráneo S.Coop (ALIMER).

Collaborating members:

  • Fundación Alimer

FUNDING: This innovation project is co-financed 80% by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) of the European Union and 20% by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, within the framework of the National Development Program Rural 2014-2020. The General Directorate for Rural Development, Innovation and Agrifood Training (DGDRIFA) is the authority in charge of applying said aid. Total budget: €583,672.84. Total grant: €565,872.84.

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