Economic analyses of pig manure treatment options in Ireland

Nolan, Tereza, Troy, Shane M. T, Gilkinson, Stephen, Frost, Peter, Xie, Sihuang, Zhan, Xinmin, Harrington, Caolan, Healy, Mark G. and Lawlor, Peadar G. (2012) Economic analyses of pig manure treatment options in Ireland. Bioresource Technology, 105 15-23. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2011.11.043

Author Nolan, Tereza
Troy, Shane M. T
Gilkinson, Stephen
Frost, Peter
Xie, Sihuang
Zhan, Xinmin
Harrington, Caolan
Healy, Mark G.
Lawlor, Peadar G.
Title Economic analyses of pig manure treatment options in Ireland
Journal name Bioresource Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-8524
Publication date 2012-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.biortech.2011.11.043
Open Access Status
Volume 105
Start page 15
End page 23
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract An economic analysis was performed on treatment options for pig manure in Ireland. Costs were based on a 500sow integrated pig farm producing 10,500m 3 of manure per year at 4.8% dry matter. The anaerobic digestion of pig manure and grass silage (1:1; volatile solids basis) was unviable under the proposed tariffs, with costs at € 5.2m -3 manure. Subsequent solid-liquid separation of the digestate would cost an additional € 12.8m -3 manure. The treatment of the separated solid fraction by composting and of the liquid fraction by integrated constructed wetlands, would add € 2.8 and € 4.6m -3 manure, respectively to the treatment costs. The cost analysis presented showed that the technologies investigated are currently not cost effective in Ireland. Transport and spreading of raw manure, at € 4.9m -3 manure (15km maximum distance from farm) is the most cost effective option.
Keyword Anaerobic digestion
Constructed wetlands
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
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