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Lorca will house a pilot plant for energy recovery through waste processing and livestock products (27/10/2009)

The Minister of Agriculture and Water, Antonio Cerdá, and the Mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jodar Lorca presented today at the pilot plant project for energy recovery from different waste materials and by local farmers.

This project is part of the Life Program of the European Union and its results "will be extrapolated" to other EU regions, according to Cerda said.

The owner of Agriculture and Water stressed that this project will develop "an innovative system" of collective treatment of waste generated in both the urban and livestock activities, mainly in the pig sector, which will also "generate energy that these organic materials contained in the form of biogas and biomass, "said the counselor.

Responsible for Agriculture said that the regional government of Murcia annually generates more than 4 million cubic meters of pig slurry and more than 136,800 tonnes of other waste from sewage sludge, slaughter pigs, pig carcasses hydrolyzate , and garden trimmings and wood useless.

So with this treatment process is expected to reduce the volume of waste to 1.1 percent, ie, per 1,000 kilos of waste receive 11 kilos of ash that can be reused in cement or asphalt road .

The objectives of this plant "are many and positive," said the adviser, who noted that in addition to the disposal of the waste generated daily is reduced between 77 and 89 percent carbon emissions compared to conventional systems incineration and generates both electric and heat energy.

According to forecasts, with the waste produced in the municipality of Lorca could get 4,600 tons of "optimal mix", which would be treated after production of electricity for 2,700 homes, thermal energy production of almost 3,500 megawatts, free more than three million liters of water, and reducing the initial volume of organic matter and 50 tons of ash.

Initially, this pilot treatment system has the capacity to manage a total of 36,400 kilos of waste and by-products annually, representing 0.002% of the total mass estimated to be generated annually in the town of Lorca.

The Minister of Agriculture and Water hoped that the results obtained from the project serve as a model for other research groups "in the study of renewable energy production from anaerobic digestion of organic residues and biomass burning .

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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