Aim of the Agricology project
The aim of the project is to integrate the DMF wastewater treatment process of the NORDPHOS BioGenerator with existing agricultural production systems and biogas plants, and demonstrate its potential as a truly ecological production system where humans are put back in the biological circuit.
The DMF process
NORDPHOS has developed a new method for wastewater treatment, which turns wastewater into valuable bio resources. It is a membrane filtration process, where the organic matter is separated from the water, while the nutrients passes through the membranes with the water. Hence it is possible to produce safe fertilizing irrigation water on the one side, which can be used for cultivation of crops, and a concentrate of fresh organic matter on the other, which can be utilized for the production of biogas and/or a variety of bio products. Contrary to normal wastewater treatment, this separation is done before the biological processing of the organic matter has started; hence the process is called Direct Membrane Filtration - DMF.
To make it easy and fast to apply this new treatment method locally at places, where there is an urgent need for treatment capacity and water for irrigation, NORDPHOS has build a small scale unit of the DMF technology and fitted it into a shipping container. As its purpose is to produce bio resources, it is named BioGenerator. Application of the BioGenerator in an agricultural setting The DMF process has been thoroughly tested and has proven its efficiency. But the full potential of the BioGenerator will only be realized, when it is integrated with technologies for utilizing the fertilizing irrigation water and the concentrate of organic matter. The Agricology project therefore will focus on applying the BioGenerator in an agricultural production setting, and demonstrate how new value can be created in this integrated ecological production system – in short how to make Agricology work. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the University of Agriculture in Krakow and external partners such as municipalities, companies producing agricultural products, food, greenhouses and farmers growing land with a demand for large amounts of water. We count on substantive input and help in financing the own contribution needed for the application as part of, for example, the "fast track" of the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR).
The project presenter is Janusz Kahl, president of South Poland Cleantech Cluster, who will present the innovative technology on behalf of the Danish partner of NORDPHOS. We treat the project as research and development (R&D) and we intend to apply for financing the project from domestic sources of financing. SPCleantech will be a partner in the project.