Newsletter about nutrient stewardship - European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP).
This is the number 2 edition of ESPP (European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform) monthly News. We hope that you will find this useful. If other people wish to subscribe, it is free at www.phosphorusplatform.eu If you have comments or news on nutrient management to share, please contact
In particular, much is happening in the Nordic countries: see below SyreN success story, manure acidification and Nordic Phosphorus Conference, Malmö / Copenhagen 27-28 October.
For full list of events, see below the news section of this email and on www.phosphorusplatform.eu
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BioCover www.biocover.dk Photo: slurry tanker equipped with SyreN InterReg project has been launched to roll-out manure slurry acidification in the Baltic States, following on from Denmark’s experience (see SyreN above). The objective is to reduce ammonia emissions to air during slurry application, in order to cut greenhouse gas impacts to eutrophication (atmospheric deposition of N to the Baltic), as well as avoiding loss of valuable nitrogen nutrient for farmers. Over 1 000 famers are already using one or more modules of SyreN technology for acidification during slurry spreading (see above). The InterReg project aims to enhance capacity of public authorities and farmers, through pilot installations, feasibility studies and environmental and economic assessments.
International seminar on slurry acidification to reduce ammonia emissions, 28 - 29 September 2016, Vejle, Denmark (nearby Billund Airport) www.conferencemanager.dk/acidification KOTO company’s AlgaeBioGas installation, Llubljana, Slovenia, is featured as one of the European Biogas Association (EBA)’s six Success Stories: anaerobic digestion of biodegradeable municipal solid waste in European cities. The 13 000 m3/y feedstock anaerobic digesters, using mainly household food waste and food industry wastes, produce methane used for co-generation (4 GWh/y electricity and 2.8 GWh/y thermal energy). Part of the resulting digestate (0.5 m3/day) is used to feed a pilot-scale open raceway algae pond (30 m2), commissioned in 2014, ensuring biological treatment of the digestate and recycling nutrients into production of algae, which are then used as feedstock for further methane production, or for use in bioplastics or fertiliser production. The system is energy and greenhouse emission efficient, because exhaust gas from the methane-burning electricity co-generation is injected into the algae production pond, so using the waste heat and carbon dioxide in algae production, as well as reducing digestate odor. /www.algaebiogas.eu/
Projects PHOSave project (Horizon 2020 SME Instrument), led by PROPHOS Chemicals will construct a pilot plant near Cromona, Lombardy, to recover and recycle phosphates from exhausted fire extinguishing powders. Halogenated chemicals in fire extinguishers have been largely replaced by phosphate based dry powders, because phosphate does not pose environmental or health issues and is effective in combating fire. Prophos Chemicals is Italy’s only producer of dry fire extinguisher chemicals of all classes. Fire extinguishers have to be periodically emptied, overhauled, refilled and re-pressurised, to guarantee reliable performance in case of fire. The recovered phosphate will be recycled into the chemical industry or as fertilisers. BioEconomy pilot project “Biogas beyond energy” (European Commission, Regional and Urban Policy). The project also involves Brandenburg (Germany), Baden-Württenberg (Germany), North-Rhein Westfalia (Germany), Navarra (Spain), Asturias (Spain), Skåne (Sweden), Emilia Romagna (Italy), Malopolska (Poland), and West Finland. The product will develop valorisation of different sources of organic raw materials as biogas plant inputs, in particular livestock manure, and transformation into value-added products including fuels, chemicals, energy and recycled nutrients. Lombardy Region press release 21/6/16
Media and meetings June 2016. https://soilpforum.com/ provides online information on publications, events, research projects concerning organic phosphorus in soil, fertilisers and soil phosphorus. The site includes an active discussion and exchange forum, information on phosphorus analysis methods. @SoilPforum Seville, 13th September.
SusChem brokerage event 13/9/2016 Seville
UNIFA www.unifa.org and ESPP presentation slides (in French)
Science and News
European Court of Justice press release 22/6/2016, judgement Case C-557/14
“Phosphorus recovery from municipal and fertilizer wastewater: China's potential and perspective”, J. Environ. Sci. (2016), K. Zhou , M. Barjenbruch, C. Kabbe, G. Inial, C. Remy http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jes.2016.04.010 and dams. China’s dietary P intake is estimated to be 30% lower than for the USA, but nonetheless higher than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). The authors estimated that improved management of P in China (better use, recycling) could prolong the lifetime of China’s phosphate rock reserves by 20 years.
“Intensification of phosphorus cycling in China since the 1600s”, X. Liu, H. Sheng, S. Jiang, Z. Yuan, C. Zhang, J. Elser, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA), vol. 113, n° 10, 2016 , reduce losses to water bodies by nearly 30% and nearly avoid consumption of mineral P fertilisers. This optimal scenario includes recycling, reduction of meat consumption, improved crop P-efficiency, optimisation in other applications (gardens, industry), reduction of point source emissions and soil erosion.
“Supporting phosphorus management in Austria: Potential, priorities and limitations”, O. Zoboli, M. Zessner, H. Rechberger, Science of the Total Environment 565(2016) 313-323 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.171
- Nutrient recycling 11th July Denver, USA: WEF/IWA Nutrient Removal and Recovery conference 11-14 July. Opening plenary session on P-recovery success stories presented by ESPP 11th July. Workshop on Nutrient Recovery at WWTPs 10th July http://www.wef.org/Nutrient-WEFIWA
- 30th June, Logrono (La Rioja) Spain, Struvite recovery workshop and PHORWater LIFE+ pilot plant visit http://phorwater.eu
- 14th July, Madrid, PHORWater LIFE+ Spain struvite recovery and P-recovery regulation workshop http://phorwater.eu
- 16-20 Aug, Kunming, Yunnan, China, 6th Sustainable Phosphorus Summit http://sps.ythic.com/
- 5-9 Sep, Lake District, UK, Germany, International Organic Phosphorus Workshop http://www.soilpforum.com
- 8-9 Sep, Varna, Black Sea, Bulgaria, EcoPhos Technophos factory site visit, new process now operational for P-recovery from ash and from low grade rock http://www.technophos-grandopening.com/
- 12-16 Sept, Rostock, Germany, 8th International Phosphorus Workshop (IPW8) http://www.wissenschaftscampus-rostock.de/
- 13 Sept. Brittany France, COOPERL international workshop on pig manure treatment and nutrient management - further details pending. With visit to SPACE International Livestock Trade Fair www.space.fr
- 27 Sept. London, CIWEM conference New Developments in Sustainable Phosphorus Management: Taking the P out of Pollution http://www.ciwem.org/events/new-developments-in-sustainable-phosphorus-management-taking-the-p-out-of-pollution/
- 28-29 Sept. Vejle (near Billund) Denmark, Denmark EPA International Seminar on Slurry Acidification http://www.conferencemanager.dk/acidification
- 11-12 October, Manchester UK, European Waste Water Management Conference (EWWM) http://ewwmconference.com/
- 27-28 October, Copenhagen, Nordic Phosphorus Conference https://dakofa.com/conference/conference
- 13-15 March, Tampa, Florida, Phosphates 2017 http://www.crugroup.com/events/phosphates/
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