- Project No 4957
- Project Name Improving methane production of chicken manure via the use of biochar addition
- Lead Organisation South East Water
- Research Lead RMIT University
- Main Researcher Tien Ngo
Chicken Manure represents one of the largest organic waste streams in Australia. Anaerobic Digestion is an alternative waste treatment method that carries the advantage of biomethane production. The use of chicken manure as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion can generate not only biogas, but a digestate rich in nutrients that can be used as a biofertilizer, creating a circular economy. However, the use of chicken manure as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion can be challenging due to its high nitrogen content. In this project, the addition of biochar, a cost-effective carbonaceous material made from the pyrylosis of biomass, to mitigate the ammonia stress that accompanies the anaerobic digestion of chicken manure. Ultimately, the use of biochar can improve biomethane production.
PhD Thesis underway by Tien Ngo.