The main goal of the project UNIDIGES is the development of a demonstrative plant of anaerobic digestion to manage manure from medium-sized farms, including energy obtainment (heat and electricity) and agronomic enhancement of the digestate.

The project includes the phases of design, construction and testing of a plant capable of treating 3.000ton/year of manure, which consists of a module of anaerobic digestion with biogas purification and a module of energy recovery. Thermal energy required to heat the digester and to meet thermal demands of the farm will be obtained, as well as electricity lower than 100kwe for low voltage connection.

As a result of the project, a technology of anaerobic digestion adjusted to requirements of medium-sized farms will be obtained, avoiding oversizing and high investments, allowing solving problems related to manure management and, at the same time, offering an added energetic and agronomic value.

The UNIDIGES project, with contract number LIFE10 ENV/ES/442, will last for 3 years and 6 months, with an execution period from 1st September 2011 to 1st March 2015 and a total budget of 1.310.678€. The contribution of the European Commission to the project is of 614.089€.

The project Consortium is composed of four members: the Technological Centre L’Urederra, as project coordinator, with wide experience in the field of anaerobic digestion and design of environmental technologies, Albaikide S.A., company of veterinary services, Nuevos Servicios Energéticos EN21, S.L., company with experience in energy use of biogas, and JSC Biocentras, Lithuanian company with high experience in contaminated soils.