The increase and intensification of food production entail some potential risks to the environment due to emissions of greenhouse gases, acid rain and other pollutants. European policies are focused on environmental protection and particularly on the health and welfare of animals intended for human consumption. The transposition of the Directive of water protection (91/676/EEC) and the increase botulism cases in countries such as Ireland have necessitated the search for alternative solutions for the management of poultry manure, which has traditionally been used as a fertilizer. Research has targeted eco-friendly, techno-economical and time-effective solutions, together with a simplified large-scale operational approach. Given this scenario, this project aims to study the use of Colombian enzyme product, called Bioterre, in European farms. This product is used in that country as a stabilizer and composting accelerator of organic waste for fertilizer production. After experimental testing application the average moisture content of the poultry litter in treated sheds of the different farms, at the end of the cycle, is 27%, versus 47% in the untreated sheds. This product decreases the moisture content in the biomass increasing the Lower Heating Value (LHV). Equipment based on this technology could be used mainly in the food processing industry and their bioenergy sustainable projects.
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