Creating Energy from Effluent

  • 175 pages

  • Published: 15 Aug 2012

  • Author(s): Olliff, Roy , Sheba , Louise, Barber, Marni

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The dairy industry is a direct generator of greenhouse gasses (GHG) due to emissions from cows, emissions from nitrogen applications to crops and pasture, emissions from electricity use and emissions from dairy effluent.
This Rural Industries R&D Corporation research project carried out at the DemoDAIRY site in Western Victoria aimed to investigate and report on the amount of biogas generated by the first lagoon receiving wastewater from an average sized dairy farm, the commercial viability for dairy farms to invest in methane capture technology, and the minimum infrastructure, hence cost, to capture the biogas.
This report will also be of interest to the dairy industry in evaluating what incentives and/or concessions are needed to maintain the industry’s viability as tighter GHG legislation is enacted.