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dc.contributor.authorAuer, Agathe
dc.contributor.authorVande Burgt, Nathan H.
dc.contributor.authorAbram, Florence
dc.contributor.authorBarry, Gerald
dc.contributor.authorFenton, Owen
dc.contributor.authorMarkey, Bryan K.
dc.contributor.authorNolan, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorRichards, Karl
dc.contributor.authorBolton, Declan
dc.contributor.authorDe Waal, Theo
dc.contributor.authorGordon, Stephen V.
dc.contributor.authorO'Flaherty, Vincent
dc.contributor.authorWhyte, Paul
dc.contributor.authorZintl, Annetta
dc.identifier.citationAuer, Agathe, Vande Burgt, Nathan H, Abram, Florence, Barry, Gerald, Fenton, Owen, Markey, Bryan K, Nolan, Stephen, Richards, Karl, Bolton, Declan, De Waal, Theo, Gordon, Stephen V, O'Flaherty, Vincent, Whyte, Paul, Zintl, Annetta. (2017). Agricultural anaerobic digestion power plants in Ireland and Germany: policy and practice. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 97(3), 719-723. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.8005en_IE
dc.description.abstractThe process of anaerobic digestion (AD) is valued as a carbon-neutral energy source, while simultaneously treating organic waste, making it safer for disposal or use as a fertilizer on agricultural land. The AD process in many European nations, such as Germany, has grown from use of small, localized digesters to the operation of large-scale treatment facilities, which contribute significantly to national renewable energy quotas. However, these large AD plants are costly to run and demand intensive farming of energy crops for feedstock. Current policy in Germany has transitioned to support funding for smaller digesters, while also limiting the use of energy crops. AD within Ireland, as a new technology, is affected by ambiguous governmental policies concerning waste and energy. A clear governmental strategy supporting on-site AD processing of agricultural waste will significantly reduce Ireland's carbon footprint, improve the safety and bioavailability of agricultural waste, and provide an indigenous renewable energy source. (C) 2016 Society of Chemical Industryen_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was carried out with the support of funding from the Ireland Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (FIRM grant 14 F847). We would also like to acknowledge the assistance of several AD plant operators who provided much of the Irish data.en_IE
dc.relation.ispartofJournal Of The Science Of Food And Agricultureen
dc.subjectanaerobic digestionen_IE
dc.titleAgricultural anaerobic digestion power plants in Ireland and Germany: policy and practiceen_IE
dc.contributor.funderDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Irelanden_IE
dc.local.contactVincent O'Flaherty, Dept. Of Microbiology & Eci, Arts/Science Building, Nui Galway. 3734 Email:

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