Is the biochar an effective floating cover for manure storage to reduce ammonia emissions, adsorbing nitrogen at the same time

Ester Scotto Di Perta, Paola Giudicianni, Antonio Mautone, Stefano Caro, Elena Cervelli, Raffaele Ragucci, Stefania Pindozzi

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Abstract

During the manure storage, ammonia (NH3) and methane (CH4) emissions play an important role in the optimization of manure management of a farm. Different cover types were studied over the years: natural or composite materials; permanent or not. Quite recently, there has been a growing interest in biochar cover application on the storage tanks. Differently from other types of organic cover, biochar is able to capture target nutrients; nevertheless, more studies are needed to understand the mechanism of release when applied to the field together with manure as fertilizer. The aim of this study was to assess biochar absorbing capability while reducing ammonia (NH3) and methane (CH4) emissions simulating storage conditions. Results show that biochar is a promising floating cover for manure storage, which reduces emissions acting as a physical barrier.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry, MetroAgriFor 2020 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE
Pages44-48
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-8783-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry - Virtual, Trento, Italy
Duration: 4 Nov 20206 Nov 2020
Conference number: 3

Publication series

Name2020 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry, MetroAgriFor 2020 - Proceedings

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry
Abbreviated titleMetroAgriFor
CountryItaly
CityVirtual, Trento
Period04/11/202006/11/2020

Keywords

  • adsorption
  • CH4
  • NH3volatilization
  • pyrolysis

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