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Manure fermentation

Sustainable generation of energy using manure from dairy farms

FrieslandCampina is a founder of the Jumpstart Cooperative. Jumpstart works on strengthening the manure mono-fermentation cycle at dairy farms. Manure mono-fermentation produces heat and biogas. The biogas can be upgraded into green gas and be supplied to the natural gas system. It can also be used for driving a cogeneration plant, which delivers both energy and heat. Besides, the fermentation of manure makes a contribution to the reduction of emission of greenhouse gases, including methane.

Through this initiative, FrieslandCampina buys a part of the green energy, generated by means of manure mono-fermentation at its participating member dairy farms, to meet the electricity demand of its production locations and offices in the Netherlands. Also, the company pays each participating member 10 euro per ton reduction of CO2 emissions.

The ambition of FrieslandCampina, as stated in its Route2020 strategy, is to generate sufficient green energy at the farm yards to fully cover the use of electricity within the chain and so make a contribution to achieving the objective of climate-neutral growth in 2020. FrieslandCampina has, apart from manure monofermentation, also started initiatives in the areas of solar panels, geothermal energy and energy savings.

In 2017, Jumpstart has received a SDE+ subsidy of 150 million euro from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs for the installation of 103 manure monofermentation systems at dairy farms. The 103 systems will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by over 70,000 tons of CO2 equivalents. This is equal to 31,000 fewer cars on the roads or the equivalent of 670,000 solar panels. The intention is that 1,000 dairy farmers will have a manure mono-fermentation system in their farm yards by the year 2020. Together these farms will represent a greenhouse gas reduction of 350 kilotons.

With the implementation of manure mono-fermentation systems we kill several birds with one stone. It enables us to use manure to generate renewable energy. One average fermentation system delivers sufficient gas and electricity for about 40 households and this makes a contribution to the objective of generating 14 percent renewable energy in the year 2020. Apart from this, the emission of greenhouse gases from manure is prevented, which reduces the CO2-emissions.

Henk Kamp – former Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs

Through the Cooperative Jumpstart arrangements have been made with suppliers, financiers, buyers and authorities. With this a number of important bottlenecks, such as too expensive systems, infeasible financing, too low proceeds and insecurity about subsidies, have been removed. This brings manure mono-fermentation within the reach of a larger group of dairy farmers.

Manure fermentation can be interesting for farms with a minimum of 120 cows and housing systems with closed flooring. To farms with slatted flooring a bottom limit of 150 cows applies. Moreover, Jumpstart only facilitates dairy farmers when it doesn’t negatively influences outdoor grazing. The capacity determination for a manure mono-fermentation system is based on the farmyard manure production in the summer, so when the cows are grazing outdoor. The membership of this independent cooperative is not limited to members of FrieslandCampina only, non-members are welcome to participate as well.

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Groen Gas Nederland, Duurzame Zuivelketen (DZK), LTO, NZO

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oktober 2016
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