Biogas Production from agricultural Wastes in European Farms

Funding: IEE-Project, EU
Project Duration: 01.06.2009 – 30.05.2011
Project Manager: Dr. Anne Marie Berghoff

The ttz Bremerhaven has been nominated for the “Selected Landmarks 2010�? with the EU-project FARMAGAS. Therewith it is a winner of the “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas�? contest which is carried out in co-operation of Deutschland-Standortinitiative and Deutsche Bank with the German President Horst Köhler as the Patron.

The aim of the project is to support the dispersion of biogas production in highly potential countries. With the transfer of knowledge and the distribution of know-how FARMAGAS shall contribute to increase the utilization of waste and residues of the primary production in European agricultural farms. Especially the knowledge transfer to younger citizens will be focused on: Co-operations with schools will help to communicate the fundamentals of the biogas production in straightforward experiments. 

The FARMAGAS-project aims to promote the widespreading of anaerobic digestion and biogas production in specific high-potential countries by know-how dissemination and knowledge transfer in order to enhance anaerobic digestion of agricultural wastes in European farms.

FARMAGAS is mainly based on the results of the successfully finished COLLECTIVE RESEARCH project funded by the 6th European Framework Programme called “AGROBIOGAS�?. The EU project AGROBIOGAS provided information, guidelines and databases to farmers about the potential of their agricultural wastes and different crops to produce biogas.

As the dissemination and exploitation activities carried out in AGROBIOGAS were not covering some of the high-potential regions for biogas in Europe (Romania, Hungary and Poland), a group of key partners of AGROBIOGAS and interested farmers associations from this key countries form the consortium of FARMAGAS. These key countries are all characterized by a strong or even dominating agricultural sector whereas biogas-production is among the lowest in Europe. FARMAGAS therefore provides a solution to promote the use of biogas in these countries and as well to improve the local farming waste management. Thus, anaerobic digestion of residues can convert a disposal problem into a source of income.

The results obtained will be strongly disseminated in regions of these countries and even in EU countries with similar characteristics.