Ecological nutrient recovery from agriculture in the Hohenlohe region (Agriplus)

The application of nutrients from slurry and digestate often presents farmers with economic and ecological problems. The transport of agricultural residues from intensive livestock farming is time and cost intensive. In addition, local application of untreated residues often leads to ecological problems such as groundwater pollution.  

The European Innovation Partnership Agriplus Hohenlohe addressed this issue and improved nutrient management in the region. In order to increase efficiency in arable farming, a system has been developed that converts residual materials from energy recovery into innovative fertilisers. These can then be used in agriculture or transported cost-effectively to areas with nutrient-poor soil. In addition to technical aspects, project partners have been  working on logistical approaches as well as production and marketing of the end products. 

The project was funded by the European Union and the Ministry for Food, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg as part of the European Innovation Partnership "Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability" (EIP AGRI). 

As a project partner, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum coordinated the project and is responsible for: the coordination of the project and project partners; the intellectual property management and risk management; the communication strategy and implementation; the awareness raising, dissemination of project results and participation in scientific conference.

Further information:

  • Funding Institution: European Commission, Ministry for Food, Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Funding budget for all partners: 1,3 M EUR
  • Involved Countries: Germany
  • Project Duration: 01/2019 - 02/2022

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Keywords: Nutrients, nutrients management, phosphorus, nitrogen, digestate, manure

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