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EUDP Commitment to "Urban Energy" Feasibility Study Project

Friday, December 12, 2014 1:25 PM

EUDP commitment to "Urban Energy" Feasibility Study Project

Renew Energy A/S has in cooperation with a project team from Funen, Denmark, consisting of NGF Nature Energy, Nyborg Municipality, NC Miljø, University of Southern Denmark, Nyborg Forsyning and the Chinese company CECEP, received pledges of support for the implementation of the feasibility study project "Urban Energy" under  the EUDP 14-II program.

The project aim is to conduct a feasibility study of how a biogas plant can be used to recover energy and nutrients from household waste, kitchen waste and discarded food, also called urban waste, in an economically, environmentally and politically sustainable way.

The project is a Danish-Chinese cooperation and is expected to contribute positively to the export of Danish technology that is suitable for large urban areas worldwide.

Increasing urbanization creates huge waste management challenges globally. The target in the Danish Resource Strategy that 50 % of household waste should be recycled by 2022 is a challenge for the Danish municipalities. In other countries the major challenge is scarcity of, and sustainable alternatives to landfill.

The project is expected to show a new integrated biogas concept to handle 'urban waste' globally. The waste will be pretreated and degassed in a biogas plant with simple and reliable technologies and then be converted into high-grade fertilizer that can be utilized as efficiently as possible.

Although co-digestion with manure would appear as ”must-do” in Denmark, the project focuses on mono-digestion of the waste for two main reasons: i) it is intended to commercialize the proposed concept of urban waste in countries where manure access is limited and ii) it counters the negative public acceptance of manure trucks driving through urban areas to the biogas plant.

The project will culminate in the first clean 'urban waste' solution in Denmark, focusing on optimum recovery of both nutrients and energy. This is partly because of the market risk associated with the fertilizer fraction which is a new market with many unknowns.

Read more about Renew Energy's nutrient recovery process here.  

More information: Contact Lars Brodersen Holm, Process Manager at Renew Energy, lbh@renewenergy.dk.