Australia CRC works on China’s 700 million pig problem

04-05-2012 | | |

In collaboration with Chinese technology firm HLM Asia, Australia’s CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC Care) has developed a bioreactor to combat the scourge of the Chinese pork industry – pig manure, Reuters reports.

China’s 700 million strong pigs produce 1.4 million tonnes of manure, and 7 million tonnes of urine annually.
The digester utilising the new technology would produce clean energy in the form of biogas.
 
Only a tenth of China’s pig waste is currently treated, and the price of the nutrients lost in the effluent is worth AUD$50 (€39) a year. A typical Chinese farmer has a monthly wage of AUD$75 (€58).
The bioreactor, called ‘PooCare’ has been running in a trial for about a month now in China, and is estimated to cost €27,500; a price that will go down mass production starts.
 
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