Before acquiring a technology, it is of course necessary to determine the technical and financial advantages and its impact on the company’s organisation.
Solugen offers a solution for continuous liquid manure treatment that combines economic advantages with environmental benefits. Let’s first look at the economic benefits
Energy required for operation
The system is powered by clean hydroelectricity. The solution is energy efficient, 30 kWh is enough to treat one cubic metre of manure.
The solution operates continuously and recovers in a closed circuit the heat initially produced to evaporate the liquid manure to heat the slurry when it arrives in the evaporator. In addition, during the compression of the vapours produced, the heat exchange carried out in the condensation tubes allows the phase change of the constituents resulting from the treatment (passage from the gaseous state to the liquid state).
Products involved in the treatment process
Agricultural lime, an affordable product, is used to fine-tune the liquid-solid separation process to allow coagulation and flocculation of suspended colloidal material.
The solution is fully automated, allowing the user to remotely control the correct operation of the process, validate the treatment parameters and be informed in case of malfunction.
The solution proposed by Solugen is based on a continuous treatment of the slurry pumped from the pre-pit. In this way, slurry pits are no longer necessary. This results in numerous economic advantages:
– Because the building housing Solugen’s technology is small (50×60 feet for a system that can process 20,000 m3 of slurry), the farmer has the possibility to increase production without having to build new slurry pits. On an equivalent surface area, the farmer can increase his production fourfold by replacing the pits with hog production buildings.
– Boosting the pork industry by increasing production creates jobs at all levels of the production chain (cooperative, farm, slaughter, processing, animal feed, etc.).
– These advantages will result in increased international competitiveness (increased production, brand image of the sector, use of clean and eco-responsible technologies).
– The operating costs associated with the operation of Solugen’s technology are significantly lower than the average costs generated by traditional manure management (storage and spreading). Indeed, the operating costs of the Solugen technology, including preventive maintenance costs, are below the traditional operating costs.
– Optimization of farm organization. Since the Solugen system is fully automated, it results in significant time savings for the farmer, who no longer has to manage the details of the spreading organization. This time saving translates into an economic gain, a significant reduction in the costs associated with the maintenance of transport vehicles and spreading systems, as well as a reduction in fuel costs.
– In addition, by reducing the number of return trips of spreading vehicles on the roads, the impact on road maintenance is also reduced, as are the related costs.
– The by-products from manure treatment are rich in fertilising elements, thus contributing to the creation of a circular economy. These treatment products (liquid ammonia nitrogen and potassium concentrate) are marketable organic fertilizers.
– Finally, the Solugen technology works with electricity, a clean and inexpensive energy source. The deployment of Solugen systems contributes to government expectations for regional electrification and to this impact on regional economies.
– the technology has an estimated durability of 25-30 years.