Manure methanation is a knife that cuts both ways: replacing gray energy with green energy and reducing ammonia and methane emissions. The saying goes ‘necessity is the mother of invention and innovation’. Renewable energy from non-fossil fuels is a necessity. Emission reduction is a necessity.
Manure digestion is a proven and feasible innovation for the production of renewable energy and other valuable end product from manure. Anaerobic digesting manure from dairy cows at one’s own farm is an investment that can be overseen and is financially attractive. The challenge for the many agricultural entrepreneurs with a traditional stable floor, however, lies in making the stable (floor) suitable. Several Dutch stables have already been adapted with dense (rubber) low-emission floors and in certain regions, particularly in Brabant, and in a number of cases this is even a requirement.