Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has awarded a total of £600,000 to six companies to develop practical and environmentally friendly solutions for livestock slurry. The initiative, called the Green Growth Fund, is being provided by DAERA and the Department for the Economy’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI).

The funding initiative was created to generate solutions to reduce surplus phosphorus and ensure efficient recycling within Northern Ireland agriculture whilst contributing to climate targets. The SBRI funding will be used by the companies to create practical and economically viable models where livestock slurry can be separated with minimal nitrogen and methane losses, ideally to produce feedstock which can be used to produce biogas or biomethane via anaerobic digestion (AD). Nutrients remaining post energy production will also be suitably processed to provide a replacement for artificial fertiliser for use in NI or for export.

Each of the six companies (listed below) have been awarded £100,000 to develop their projects and are due to complete their projects in summer 2023.

  • B9 – Granville Eco Park, Dungannon in collaboration with ReCon Waste Management, Portadown
  • Renewables United, Banbridge
  • The Centre for Competitiveness/LUCERNE – a Mid Ulster collaboration between Dale Farm, CEMCOR, Tobermore Concrete and the RSC Group
  • Blakiston Houston Estate Company, Dundonald
  • Carbon Technologies Group, Newtownabbey
  • Natural World Products, Belfast

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