Based on the performed tests and analyzes of secondary raw materials, as well as identifying the availability and volume of various waste materials, a prototype version of the product has been developed in the form of granules made from biomass ashes and sapropel.
What comes next? We will test how the granules can be used to improve the soil quality, whether the properties of the granules meet the requirements of soil improvers, how the granules interact with the soil and plants.
In the shadow of COVID-19, abstracts for presentations have been prepared and submitted for two international conferences:
- 20th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference Surveying, Geology and Mining, Ecology and Management SGEM 2020 (scheduled from 16-08-2020 to 25-08-2020 in Albena, Bulgaria), presentation topic: “From utilization of wood ashes to new product for soil improvement “;
- 3rd Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences CAJG 2020 (scheduled from 02-11-2020 to 05-11-2020 in Susa, Tunisia), presentation theme: “Towards the formula of peat-free soil conditioner applicable for soil remediation and quality improvement of agricultural production ”.
Will there be an opportunity to attend the conferences? No one can answer the question at this time. Today’s virtual world is technologically equipped for off-site events with a face-to-face effect, therefore it is expected that the planned events will not be missed.
There is a lot of work done to summarize what has been done during the project. Due to the wide range of methods used in the study, a report on the results of “SUMMARY OF RESEARCH METHODS FOR INVESTIGATION OF BIOMASS COMBUSTION ASHES” has been prepared.
Why biomass ash research? At the beginning of the project, various waste products were identified that could be used to develop a Formula of peat-free soil improver. Biomass (including wood) ashes are among the waste products available on an industrial scale, therefore detailed ash research will allow expanding their use.
It should be noted that the methods can be adapted for laboratory analysis of other materials.
After a break for a year, the project continues. We will work on what we have started and try to fulfil the planned activities. Currently, we are working on technical solutions for the production process of the Formula prototype, as well as the processing of existing data and the development of a new scientific publication.
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A scientific article has been prepared and published:
Vincevica-Gaile Z., Stankevica K., Irtiseva K., Shishkin A., Obuka V., Celma S., Ozolins J., Klavins M. (2019) Granulation of flu ash and biochar with organic lake sediments – A way to sustainable utilization of waste from bioenergy production. Biomass & Bioenergy, 125: 23-33, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2019.04.004
Thanks to colleagues, there was an opportunity to present project-related data at an international conference:
11th International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation among Companies and Institutions in the Nordic Countries, the Baltic Sea Region and the World: Eco-Tech 2018, held from 19-11-2018 to 21-11-2018 in Kalmar, Sweden.
Title of presentation: “From field to plate: Discussion on transfer of metals in food chain”.
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Dr. Zane Vincevica-Gaile, leading researcher at the University of Latvia