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Seminar: Solving the ammonia emission problem in the EU
  • Henning L. Foged · 16 November 2018

Date: Monday November 26 at 2 pm – 6 pm (registration from 1:30 pm)
Address: Copa-Cogeca Secretariat, Rue de Trèves 61, Brussels

With ammonia emissions on the rise and NEC targets lurking around the corner, measures to cut emissions are sorely needed. We therefore invite you to participate in a seminar about reducing ammonia emissions from agriculture through slurry acidification – a BAT approved method that benefits both the farmer and the environment. The method cuts emissions by 40 to 64 percent and increases the fertilizer value of slurry.

Slurry acidification policy roundtable discussion in Vilnius
  • Henning L. Foged · 9 November 2018

A slurry acidification policy roundtable policy discussion was organised at the premises of the Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture on 7 November 2018 by our Baltic Slurry Acidification project partner, Lithuanian Agricultural Advisory Service. According our analyses of market and policy frameworks parametres, Lithuania is not among the countries with the highest need and potential for use of slurry acidification technologies. However, slurry acidification would due to social benefits have a positive impact on the Lithuanian economiy and we therefore recommend Lithuania to take measures to implement the use of SATs.

SuMaNu kick off and press release
  • Henning L. Foged · 2 November 2018

The Interreg Baltic-supported platform project SuMaNu, which is an abbreviation for "Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea Region" had a Kick-Off Meeting at the premises of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) in Helsinki in the days 23 and 24 October 2018. All project partners were present at the meeting as well as Interreg Baltic. The purpose of the Kick-Off included detailed planning of the project execution. A Press Release was issued to inform about the ambitions of the project platform.

  • Henning L. Foged · 1 November 2018

We visited Håstrupgård ApS pig breeding farm, and asked Esben Graff about his experiences with in-house acidification, and you can see his answers in this short video (click above).

Roundtable discussion about slurry acidification in relation to climate and air quality
  • Henning L. Foged · 18 September 2018

Danish Environmental Technology Association and Organe Institute organised on 4 September a four hour long roundtable discussion about possibilities and challenges in relation to slurry acidification and its impacts on climate change and air quality.

Brian H. Jacobsen from Copenhagen University and Henning Lyngsø Foged from Organe Institute gave presentations to introduce the subject. The participants had a lively discussion on basis of that.

Roundtable presentations and a memo is available here (all in Danish language):

Map of pilot installation activities under Baltic Slurry Acidification
  • Henning L. Foged · 9 June 2018

Map of pilot installation activities under Baltic Slurry Acidification

Click to open a map and see the fields that have been given acidified slurry by use of the pilot investment installations under the Baltic Slurry Acidification project.

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Technical report: Feasibility Studies for Pilot Installations
  • Henning L. Foged · 28 November 2017

Technical report: Feasibility Studies for Pilot Installations

This feasibility study report describes the background, conditions, planning issues and expected environmental and economic impacts of seven pilot installations of slurry acidification technology equipment in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Sweden.

The seven investment projects have a total budget of M€ 1.3 and is expected to save the environment for about 100 tons nitrogen annually via avoided ammonia evaporation, and the subsequent reduced use of nitrogen mineral fertiliser. The consumed use of sulphuric acid will in all cases replace and save costs for purchase of sulphur mineral fertiliser.

Workshop at DM&E on 19 Septemebr to discuss a scenario for increased use of slurry acidification in Denmark
  • Henning L. Foged · 20 November 2017

Technical report: Scenario for acidification of half of the Danish slurry production

The report aims at providing an impartial, professionally correct and scientifically based technical description of the implications of acidifying half of the slurry in Denmark in the current market and policy context.

The scenario will require investments of € 54 million in tripling the capacity and in addition give annual costs of approximately € 3.9 million. However, political air quality objectives regarding ammonia emissions would be met, emissions to the aquatic environment via atmospheric depositions would be reduced with an amount equivalent to current goals, and a significant contribution made to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The report is in Danish language with an English summary.

Press release (in Danish language):

Technical report: Market potential analysis - Slurry acidification technologies in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Neumann, Sebastian, Michael Zacharias, Reinhold Stauss and Henning L. Foged · 14 November 2017

Technical report: Market potential analysis - Slurry acidification technologies in the Baltic Sea Region

The market potential for slurry acidification technologies in Baltic Sea Region countries is analysed on basis of nine parameters. The collected and analysed information about the nine parameters is to a large extent providing imperial knowledge that is not found in official records, and have required subjective estimation by project partners and their network. The report concludes that there is an unlocked potential for slurry acidification technologies in most of the Baltic Sea Region countries.

Today, there is a theoretical, weighed potential for SAT installations with a capacity to process 244.5 million tons slurry and other liquid manures in raw and processed form in the Baltic Sea Region. The potential corresponds to an estimated number of 5,252 in-house, 2,750 in-tank and 4,072 in-field SAT installations.

In practice, though, legal and financial incentives and impediments would be decisive for the dissemination of SATs.

SAT technology providers
  • Organe Institute ApS in cooperation with DM&E and BioCover · 18 Septemer 2017

Workshop - Scenario for increased use of slurry acidification in Denmark

Slurry acidification technologies were developed over the last 30 years by the Danish agro-environmental technology innovation environment, and five companies offers commercial solutions for in-house, in-storage and in-field systems. It is well documented through VERA verifications that slurry acidification has a significant reduction effect on ammonia emissions from stables, storages and fields. Less well-documented but unambiguous research results also show a significant effect on greenhouse gas emission reductions, both concerning methane and nitrous oxide. In addition, slurry acidification has a potential for giving positive synergies to biogas production, and accrues substantially to the society via impacts in relation to air quality. The convincing effects have caused EU deeming slurry acidification a compulsory "Best Available Technique" (BAT) in all EU Member States with effect from February 2017, ie. a technique that Member States may condition environmental permits of intensive livestock farms according the IED Directive. Slurry acidification is a key technology in relation to current policies and related objectives regarding ammonia, greenhouse gases, and emissions of nitrogen into the aquatic environment through the background load, although the latter effect is not credited to agriculture. Slurry acidification relates to policies on phasing out the use of fossil fuels, introducing phosphorus fertiliser norms, and expanding the capacity for anaerobic fermentation of manure. Against this background, the purpose of the workshop is to draw up a joint account of a scenario for an increased use of slurry acidification in Denmark, as the workshop involves representatives of the related innovation environment. The resulting report should be used as background material for the policy makers responsible for fulfillment of Danish policy objectives.

Workshop presentations (all in Danish language):

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  • Henning Lyngsø FOGED & Natalia OBLOMKOVA · 15 March 2017

Status for air quality in the Baltic Sea Region with respect to ammonia

Air quality in the EU is generally progressing according a new report from the European Environment Agency. Our health depends on the quality of the air we breathe. The three largest sources of air pollution are emissions from the transport sector, chimney smoke from combustion in the energy sector and ammonia emissions from farming. After a significant decline from 1990 to 2005, ammonia emissions from farming increased ever since in the Baltic Sea region, where all countries have to reduce emissions to meet their political objectives. The poor air quality is for especially Germany, Poland and Denmark causing high social costs for healthcare according European Science Foundation.

Policy brief
  • Henning Lyngsø FOGED · 28 October 2016

Agro-environmental policies: Slurry acidification has wide benefits

Slurry acidification technologies (SATs) can reduce ammonia emissions from livestock houses, slurry storage tanks and from field application of slurry with 40-70%, depending on the SAT used. SATs are thus efficient in relation to political committments in countries of the Baltic Sea Region as well as in the rest of the EU in relation to the air quality, keeping in mind that agriculture is the source of 93% of all ammonia emissions.

We have in the Interreg Baltic co-funded "Baltic Slurry Acidification"-project issued a policy brief that outlines the potential benefits of SATs, seen from the perspective of the society, farmers and biogas plants.

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  • Henning Lyngsø FOGED · 25 May 2016

International interest for Danish slurry acidification technologies

A delegation of 14 persons from six countries in the Baltic Sea Region, all participants in the Interreg Baltic co-funded project "Baltic Slurry Acidification", visited Denmark from 18-20 May 2016 to study Slurry Acidification Technologies (SAT) in practice. The delegation visited four Danish suppliers, HARSØ, JH Agro, Kyndestof and BioCover and studied their slurry acidification equipment. Information about Ørum Smedens equipent was also given to the participants. Out of 17 partners in the "Baltic Slurry Acidification" project, seven partners has a budget for making an investment in SAT in order to demonstrate and test it at own premises in their home countris, and the study visit helped them to clarify, which SAT that best fit their situation. The tour was organised and conducted by Organe Institute ApS. The photo is from BioCover's part of the programme and taken during a visit to Rønshauge, a Danish pig breeding farm.

Activities

Projectfocus: 'SuMaNu'

Introduction

Interreg Baltic is co-funding SuMaNu

SuMaNu, which is an abbreviation for the Interreg-Baltic co-funded platform project "Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea Region", has started with participation of Organe Institute.

Interreg-Baltic has supported SuMaNu as well as five other platform projects, which all aims to follow-up on earlier projects in their repective priority area in order to strengthen project impacts and sustainability of project results, in particular by better linking of project results with policies.

The aim of the SuMaNu project platform is to enhance the capacity of authorities, policy makers, farmers and advisors to use and govern the use of nutrients, especially from manure, in a sustainable way and to reduce nutrient leaching. The project also aims to enhance the capacity of the target groups to understand the concept of nutrient recycling. This will be done by summarizing the project results to sciencebased recommendations that will be created in close cooperation with the target groups and communicated via the wide networks of the partnership.

Get a short project presentation sheet here: 

Some facts

The project runs until March 2021, it is led by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), has a budget of app. € 1 million and has 9 partners.

You find some additional project facts here: 

Our role

Börger mobile slurry separtion was organised at Bornholm by Baltic COMPASS

The SuMaNu project, being highly related to policies in the area of nutrient management in farming, including manure management, fits highly the competences of Organe Institute, who participates broadly in the project activities. In specific, Organe Institute will clarify key messages and recommendations of earlier projects, and evaluate the degree of their implementation and reasons for that in the different Baltic Sea Region countries.

Organe Institute's participation in SuMaNu has its basis in our role as work package leader in 'Baltic Slurry Acidification', and Director of Organe Institute, Henning L. Foged, has also been work package leader in the earlier strategic project BalticCOMPASS, been involved in BalticManure, and had a close cooperation with BalticDEAL.

The photo is from BalticCOMPASS, which recommended a wider use of slurry separation, and therefore supported a cooperative of pig-farmers at Bornholm to establish a mobile slurry separation unit.

Projectfocus: 'Baltic Slurry Acidification'

Introduction

The project is co-funded by Interreg Baltic

Baltic Slurry Acidification promotes the implementation of slurry acidification techniques (SAT's) in the region and mitigates thus airborne eutrophication of the Baltic Sea waters and hazardous aerosol formation in the Baltic Sea Region. Livestock manure is the main source of ammonia-nitrogen emissions in the region and, through atmospheric deposition, these emissions account for a significant amount of nitrogen entering the waters. Ammonia emissions also threaten human health through the formation of particulate aerosols, which as a pollutant is estimated to have a very high negative impact on human health. Slurry acidification techniques (SATs) can be used to reduce ammonia losses from livestock manure in livestock housing, manure storages and from the fields during the application of manure. Several pilot SAT installations and field trials around the Baltic Sea region will provide concrete experiences that will be disseminated to stakeholders via field walks, demonstrations and other activities. The project will further clarify technological aspects of SATs, analyze the environmental and economic implications, conduct market analysis and suggest policy recommendations that could help dissemination of SAT technology in the Baltic Sea region.

Some facts

Baltic Slurry Acidification is a flagship project in EU's strategy for the Baltic Sea Region'

Baltic Slurry Acidification started in March 2016 and lasts three years, until March 2019.

Baltic Slurry Acidification has status as a flagship project, meaning that it has an acknolwledged role in the implementation of EU's strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Our monogram for the project signals the connection to livestock production.

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Read more at the project web site at http://www.balticslurry.eu and follow us at Facebook.

Our role

Project coordinator Erik Sindhöj and WP6 leader Henning Lyngsø Foged at project Kick-offf meeting in Uppsala, March 2016

Organe Institute ApS leads WP6 about policies and market analyses. WP6 will do country specific analyses of related policies, legislation, framework conditions and market potentials and will thus clarify the potential for use of Slurry Acidification Technologies (SATs) in the individual Baltic Sea Region (BSR) countries. Danish policies, legislation and support schemes will be a baseline for policies, legislation and support schemes in other project countries, and potential enablers and barriers for the disseminated use of SATs in the Baltic Sea Region countries will be identified. The activities will include investigation of possible work safety related provisions associated with SATs, and exchange of Danish ways to take ' necessary precautions. Market analyses will especially focus on the farming structure and practices that are favouring the use of SATs, such as slurry’s share of produced livestock manure.

The work from WP 2 (Technical Feasibility Studies), WP 3 (Pilot Installations and Demonstrations), WP 4 (Field Trials), and analyses from WP 5 (Environmental and Economic Implications) will support the studies in WP 6. On basis of that, policy recommendations will be formulated and they will provide the foundation for a qualified dialogue with target groups, including authorities, farmers organisations, research, farm advisory services, business and policy makers in the BSR countries concerning the potentials of SATs as  instruments for reach of national targets for air and water quality as well as for the economic development of the livestock production.

Roundtables geared towards the target groups will be aimed to stimulate cross-sector and policy oriented dialogue, and to rise the capacity to develop national legislation and support schemes for SATs. Dissemination and communication activities will also comprise articles for the project website and various media, newsletters and presentations at international conferences.

Specific objectives include activities like:

Projectfocus: 'Pitstop PLUS'

Pitstop+ is a market
                     disrupting invention that results from rethinking the way dairy cows should be supplemented in the context of
                    increased use of TMR along with increasing productivity.

Organe Institute has assisted MicroFeeder to receive funding from the SME Instrument udner EU's Horizon2020 programme for carrying out a Phase 1 Feasibility Study.

Only about 5% of the very best written proposals based on convincing business cases are seleected for funding under the SME Instrument.

Pitstop PLUS is a market disrupting invention that results from rethinking the way dairy cows should be supplemented in the context of increased use of TMR along with increasing productivity.

Click here to read more about Pitstop PLUS

CropManager

CropManager is the software for the professional crop farmer, who knows that planning, registration and control of his production is an indisputable condition for the economic return of it. CropManager is an on-line cloud computing tool, which means that you can access it anywhere there is an internet connnection, such as via computer, tablet or smartphone. It is a great advantage, that you can share your access to your CropManager data with anyone you have given the access, such as your adviser or your employees.

CropManager

...is the tool for PLANNING both crop rotation, fertilisation, plant protection and crop production ecocnomy:

  • Field history and crop rotation planning
  • Calculation of livestock manure production
  • Planning fertilising of field crops
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  • Plant protection planning
  • Gross margins for crops, fields and the entire farm
  • Calculation of key figures / reporting to authorities
  • Preparation of application for EU crop payments (subsidies)

Many farmers have more than one farm, and with CropManager you are able to register as many farms you wish under your login. This is also a great advantage for those who use CropManager as basis for farm advisory activities. Additionally, with CropManager, data that has once been registered remains in ths system, and it is also possible to make electronic import of field data. CropManager is always updated because it is a cloud-computing software, and you don't need wasting your time on tedious program installation. Furthermore, CropManager doesn't require any purchase / investment in the software - access to use the program is free, while printing require a small annual subscription fee.

Field registration module

CropManager includes a module for accessing prepared plans, for registration of field operations and for keeping journals of plant protection products, thus enabling REGISTRATION and CONTROL.

Click here to start using CropManager today:

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Henning Lyngsø Foged, Director of Organe Institute ApS

Henning Lyngsø Foged, Director of Organe Institute ApS: "Research and innovation in the agro-food sector builds inevitably on Community policies about environment, food safety, waste handling, renewable energy, animal welfare, feeds and many other things. Being on forefront with Community policies and legislation is therefore a key factor for business success. Based on deep insight into the policies, standards and legislation of the European Union, Organe Institute ApS offers its expertise and services, whether for studies, technical assistance, training, evaluation, project implementation, reviewing or institutional development."

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We undertake agro-food sector related research & innovation activities of general and public interst. As a not-for-profit private research institute that primarily works for public funding, we do according our statutes not pay out profit to the owner.

Our organisation was established on 3 February 2016 with the Danish Business Authority.

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