Separation techniques: key for processing digestate and slurry

Research project with the Münster University of Applied Sciences

In this research project, various possible process techniques were investigated with regard to the separation of liquid manure for direct use in biogas plants with regard to continuous operation, the recording of separation performance and the influence of liquid manure ageing on nutrient separation.

Farm fertilizer as silo maize substitute for biogas plants

Research project with the Münster University of Applied Sciences

In this research project, the solid/liquid separation in the field of slurry and fermentation residue treatment was investigated in order to develop a solution that on the one hand increases the energetic use of manure and on the other hand separates valuable nutrient resources such as phosphorus, potassium and magnesium under economic conditions and makes them available for other regions with nutrient deficiencies as mineral fertilizer substitutes. Using the Klass spiral filter and organic precipitation and flocculation aids, an optimal and economic separation of manure and fermentation residues was investigated. Two research objectives were in focus:
Firstly, the increased use of separated liquid manure in biogas plants, the determination of biogas yields and the increase in energy production from manure as a silage maize substitute and secondly, maximum mineral separation (phosphorus, magnesium, potassium). The aim of these research series was to develop a technical and economic assessment of when and under what conditions farmyard fertilizers are an interesting substrate option for biogas plants and which separation potentials can be achieved with regard to minerals. The separation tactics in connection with precipitation and flocculation aids were investigated and optimized for these applications, so that a technical further development in this subject area is achieved and thus contributes to sustainable development in rural areas.

Nominated for the Green Award 2020.


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