From Farm to Market: Converting Animal Manure into Fertilising Products


More than 90 % of the manure produced by livestock farms in the EU is used for land fertilisation. However, this process is inefficient. The EU-funded FERTIMANURE project intends to develop, test and estimate advanced nutrient management strategies to produce competitive fertilisers that contribute to good yield. Their goal is to recycle valuable nutrients from livestock manure and produce bio-based fertilisers. FERTIMANURE will be deployed in five of the EU’s biggest livestock production countries, namely Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Outcomes should help promote this circular economy model for the EU agriculture sector.


Fraunhofer UMSICHT is in charge of the implementation of the German pilot for nutrient recovery from cattle dung. The pilot will combine and further develop a series of technologies from the pre-treatment of the dung, it´s thermo-chemical conversion and up to the final fertilizer production. Core of the transformation process is the Thermo-Catalytic Reforming technology developed at Fraunhofer UMSICHT. The innovative process chain will maximize the Nitrogen recovery and Phosphorous usage from the cattle dung and transform it to the commodity fertilizer Ammonium Phosphate. Additionally phosphorous rich Biochar will be produced. The fertilizer performance of the pilot products will be testes in the Greenhouse facilities of Fraunhofer UMSICHT. In order to ensure the highest impact of the project outputs, all activities will be accompanied by a detailed nutrient balance of the process chain, sustainability assessment as an exploitation strategy and business development together within the FERTIMANURE consortium.