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Turning expired dairy produce into electricity

Dairy waste is a huge problem around the globe and until recently there was no solution for that problem in Cyprus.

Earlier this month Animalia Genetics gave a guided tour of its new Dairius project, in Marki, which deals with the recovery and management of expired dairy products. The main collaborator of the project is Charalambides-Kristis, which has received funding from the European LIFE+ programme.

Dairius treats expired dairy products (EDP) with manure and other substances for the production and recovery of biogas.

Biogas is energy rich and is well suited as a source of energy within many areas. The easiest way to use biogas is for heating, as no pre-treatment other than the removal of water is required. Biogas is usually used for heating buildings in conjunction with a biogas plant, but surplus heat can also be directed into the district heating network.

Biogas energy can also be used to generate power. Both electricity and heat can be produced with the help of a gas powered generator.

According to the project manager, Andri Theodorou, Dairius aims to turn expired dairy produce into electricity and heat through an innovative engineering process that will be applied to existing installations in Marki.

“As part of our environmental responsibility and growing needs and in keeping with EU directives, our company has set as a goal the removal of all polluting characteristics of the waste water during the various procedures used in dairy industry,” chief financial officer of Charalambides-Kristis Stefanos Papadopoulos said.

The project began in February of last year and will run until January 2015 in collaboration with the environmental department of the health ministry, Patras University in Greece’s department of chemical engineers and Green Technologies.

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