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Network on anaerobic digestion of waste from industry and agriculture

The purpose of this project is to transfer knowledge to countries without anaerobic digestion (AD) development, and to provide stimulation for further development in countries where the technology exists. The AD technology can treat and solve waste problems that other technologies cannot, and gives environmental benefits at a cost efficient level. Anaerobic digestion is a little known technology and more information is required in order to better deploy it within the European Union. The network will help in the understanding of the technology and show how the constraints can be overcome with examples and knowledge transfer from the few countries where it has been developed.

AD-NETT will collect, exchange and disseminate information on anaerobic digestion. The network will document typical plants in different countries to provide information, which should lead to the development of new successful AD plants in EU countries, based on agro-industrial residues.
Politicians are required to make decisions that have implications on the implementation of AD in the EU. Information gathered through AD-NETT on the effects of the economy, taxes, subsidies, legislation and standards will be helpful and important for informing cross-border decisions.
AD-NETT will disseminate its work through a website, newsletters (Global Biogas) and national journals, as well as by organising and attending events.

Progress to Date
Technical information as well as official statements on legislative regulations were exchanged continuously with the German Farmers Union (Deutscher Bauernverband, DBV). During the third period of AD-Nett II this contact became even closer as the German Bogas Association and DBV worked to improve the Germen Renewable Energy act. The aim was to introduce a special bonus which should be paid for electricity produced in biogas sites which use only manure and energy crops as substrate.
The project produced brochures and a Global Biogas newspaper, translated into English, and ran several workshops and meetings. The website was set up.

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Scientist responsible for the project

Dalgas alle 3
7400 Herning
Denmark - DK

Phone: +45 99268211
Fax: +45 99268212


Project ID QLRT-2000-00439
Organisation EnergiGruppen Jylland
Area 5.2
Start date 01 October 2000
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 449 600 €
Total EC contribution   399 670 €
Status Ongoing
Web address of the project

The partners

  • Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland Science Service, United Kingdom (The) - GB
  • Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium - BE
  • Netherlands Agency for Energy and the Environment, Netherlands (The) - NL

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