GlasPort Bio has received European Commission’s grant funding under the EIC Accelerator Green Call.
GlasPort Bio is delighted to one of two Irish companies to receive funding for its GasAbate N+ technology for removing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from animal manure. Stored manures account for 16 per cent of all GHG emissions from EU agriculture.
The EIC Accelerator pilot supports high risk, high potential SMEs and innovators to help them develop and bring onto the market new innovative products, services, and business models that could drive economic growth.
Dr. Ruari Friel, CEO of GlasPort Bio, noted that the company “is delighted to be awarded €2.5m from the EIC Accelerator program. This is a highly prestigious scheme and acts as a major validation for our company and product.
“This shall have a transformative effect on our company, providing the funding to allow us to complete final stage development of our innovative product, greatly accelerating our path to market and allowing us to grow and achieve our goals.”
Background to GasAbate N+
An additive developed in Ireland and capable of cutting GHG emissions from slurry by more than 98% while increasing its nutrient value will soon be available to farmers.
GlasPort Bio has developed GasAbate N+ which acts on the microorganisms that cause methane and other polluting gases when it is added periodically to stored slurry and manure. The €2.5m award in European Union funding shall be used to complete the product’s development to the point of market launch.
Trials have shown that use of the additive results in a near cessation of all gaseous emissions, not only massively cutting GHG production from slurry and manure, but making it more valuable as a fertiliser and renewable energy feedstock for Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants.
In Europe, emissions from livestock manure and slurry account for approximately 15.5% of all GHG emissions from the agricultural sector, or 1.5% of all European emissions. GHGs are produced by microorganisms in these animal wastes, depleting the nitrogen and carbon content of the material and making it a weaker fertiliser and renewable energy resource. This results in a need for more chemical fertiliser to be applied to farmland and for AD plants to purchase so-called energy crops to co-digest alongside slurry.
GasAbate N+ uniquely solves this problem. Independent tests had shown that its use results in:
- Farmers purchasing approximately 30% less mineral fertiliser.
- The biogas output from AD increasing by almost 40% and,
- GHG emissions reducing by more than 98%.
The product does not require any specialist equipment or disruption of existing workflows on the farm or on the AD plant.
The EIC funding will allow large-scale testing to take place on commercial sites and the scaling up of the product for market launch.
The funding shall allow farmers to make significant savings on mineral fertiliser costs, AD plants can see greater productivity and profitability from the use of GasAbate N+, and society to benefit from reduced GHG emissions.
Dr. Friel says he expects the technology to have a major impact globally since fertiliser manufacturers, livestock producers, and food and dairy companies are under pressure to be more sustainable and to deliver produce with a lower carbon footprint. Solutions are also needed to generate carbon credits to offset emissions across the entire production chain.