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Free biogas training for farmers

A FREE online course aims to educate dairy and pig farmers across Europe and Cyprus who may be sitting on a viable biogas business by processing one asset which is plentiful around their farms: manure.

Registration for the course is free on energy4farms.eu, home of the Geronimo II Biogas project supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme aiming to unlock the energy potential of biogas. A five-unit online course is now available in Greek, which has been made available to Greek speakers by the Cyprus Energy Agency (CEA), the non-governmental, non-profit body promoting renewable energy sources.

Biogas is created when organic compounds such as livestock manure are processed without oxygen in what is known as anaerobic digestion. In addition to producing energy, a biogas plant can reclaim plant nutrients and manufacture soil improvement material. A large scale plant may generate anything between 0.5MW and 5MW, requiring an investment ranging from €1 million to €4 million, according to the energy4farms.eu website.

In Cyprus, Animalia Genetics Ltd based in Nicosia’s Marki village produces about 1MWh a month. The company’s biogas plants use about 1MWh a month by using its own manure as well as that from two neighbouring dairy farms and two pig farms, a 2011 CEA report said.

To find out more about the Geronimo II Biogas project call the CEA on 22-667716, 22-667726 or email [email protected]

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