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New Study Examines Feasibility of Renewable Energy from Aquaculture Waste

25 November 2014

EU - A new EU funded project is examining the feasibility of producing renewable energy from aquaculture and agriculture waste.

The project group, including the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, British Trout Association and the University of Liverpool, is known as BiFFiO and will begin testing whether small-scale anaerobic digesters can be efficient in turning fish and cattle waste into biogas and fertiliser for use in the agriculture sector.

Over the last 12 months, the group has designed and installed the prototype system comprising of four anaerobic digesters at the Wood Park dairy farm, part of University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science. Once testing is initiated, the group will assess its efficiency over a period of 14 months with the project closing at the end of 2016.

Once testing is initiated, the group will assess its efficiency over a period of 14 months with the project closing at the end of 2016.

Jamie Smith, Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, said: “Drawing on the skills and experience of individuals from other industries is one of the many ways aquaculture can benefit from collaborative projects. By investigating the sustainability of a waste management solution demonstrates our commitment to seek out appropriate environmental solutions that could further enhance the sustainability of our industry.”

Andy Smith, British Trout Association, said: “We have known for some time that fish waste is a valuable resource with real commercial value and this multinational collaborative trial will point us in the best direction to unlock this potential.”

Iain Young, University of Liverpool, said: “Working closely with experts from the aquaculture sector allows us to align our research to help find real solutions to the challenges faced by the industry such as sustainable waste management strategies.”

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