By Bree Rody
Innovators continue to find ways to use manure for good in the quest for greater sustainability.
Fertilizer production company Van Iperen International and Pure Green Agriculture have begun operations at a new Netherlands-based factory to produce nitrates from manure. The aim is to reduce nitrogen while producing sustainable and organic liquid nitrate fertilizers. Pure Green’s Ammonium Recovery Technology (ART) and Ammonium Inversion Reactor (AIR) will capture nitrogen in the form of ammonia from manure and agricultural waste streams, and then transform it into sustainable fertilizers under greenSwitch, the company’s end-to-end industrial-scale process.
Phil van Wakeren, CEO of Pure Green, said in a statement the company can remove 1,000 to 5,000 tons of nitrogen per year and reduce 180 to 900 tons emissions of nitrogen. “And on top, we avoid the emission of 11,000 to 55,000 tons of CO2.”