A recycling system that converts animal manure into energy and heat sources has been awarded the 2016 Energy Global National Award for the best environmental project in Jordan.
Developed by the National Energy Research Centre (NERC) of the Royal Scientific Society, the project on a farm in Irbid uses cow manure to produce biogas through anaerobic digestion. The digester mixes manure with warm water, which is heated by a thermal system, to generate biogas and fertilizer, according to the website for the awards, which are granted by the Austrian Energy Globe Foundation
Some of the biogas is used to generate electricity, and the rest is used as thermal energy for the stove.
The project seeks to treat animal waste in farms and to develop a new source of energy for livestock breeders, with the vision of replicating the system, in partnership with the concerned ministries, so that other livestock breeders can transform waste into sources for electricity and heat.
The overall cost of the project is around JD 6,000, noting that the project has a lifespan of 25 years.