The Metabioresor project is co-financed by the European Union LIFE+ program (call 2008) and the Autonomous Community of Murcia (Spain). It aims to solve the environmental and economic problems caused by the disposal of livestock by-products and waste (pig manure, slaughterhouse residues…) and some municipal non-recyclable by-products and waste.

In order to do so, the project will demonstrate that energy can be efficiently recovered from these wastes, which become raw materials for energy production through a process that generates more energy than it consumes. Thus, this method can become a source of income for local or regional governments, large farms, farmer’s cooperatives and associations and waste managers.

The main action of the project is to develop a new industrial process that integrates various physicochemical processes: hydrolysis of various organic by-products, methane fermentation, digestates recovery and biomass combustion. All this is combined in a pilot plant that is capable of treating different types of waste and by-products.
At the same time, the project seeks to make active efforts to disseminate its technologies and procedures to facilitate their implementation in other areas.

Through its actions, the project Metabioresor aims to demonstrate the feasibility of this process and provide the technical and economic adjustments to its different phases allowing for the construction of full-scale plants. These plants, for example, could be used by municipalities, cooperatives and large pig farms for the management of waste and by-products. Return on investment would be ensured by the energy produced and the environmental problem would be resolved.

The project initially had a duration of 4 years, but has been extended. It started on June 1, 2010 and will run until December 31, 2015. The project leader is IMIDA (Agricultural and Food Research and Development Institute of Murcia – Spain). Other partners in Murcia are: the City Council of Lorca, the cooperative ALIA and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena. Two more partners are French: INAPORC (Inter-professional Pork Organisation) and IFIP (Pork Institute).

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