Since its establishment in 2008, BMC Moerdijk has been working continually to improve the environment. This is done through the production of green electricity, reduction of CO2 and ammonia emissions, and through minerals like phosphate and potassium. The BMC power plant generates energy by incinerating one-third of all poultry litter produced in the Netherlands annually. BMC supports and initiates research into the effects of various methods of poultry litter processing on the environment.
CE Delft research (2017)
At the request of BMC Moerdijk, the CE Delft research firm established the environmental effects of nine different ways that poultry litter – from the chicken to the field – can be used. CE Delft focused on organic substances, nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium on the one hand and, on the other, mapped out the effects on the environment of each of the different methods used to process poultry litter. CE Delft concluded that the production of electricity is the most attractive manner to process poultry litter from an environmental perspective.
LCA thermal conversion poultry manure BMC Moerdijk by CE Delft (Full report)
Landbouwkundige waarde (on)bewerkte pluimveemest by NMI (Full report, in Dutch)
KU Leuven research (2014)
The Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) has also conducted research into the environmental effects of the use of poultry litter for generating electricity. Although the KU Leuven research has a more limited set-up, the researchers arrived at comparably positive conclusions about the environmental impact of the use of poultry litter to generate electricity.
Electricity from poultry manure: a cleaner alternative to direct land application by Pieter Billen, José Costa, Liza van der Aa, Jo Van Caneghem, Carlo Vandecasteele.
Duurzame energie en materialen uit pluimveemest by Pieter Billen, Jo Van Caneghem, Carlo Vandecasteele