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Nutrient Recycling Challenge

About the Challenge
A competition for technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock manure.

Posted By: Environmental Protection Agency
Category: Ideas
Partners: American Biogas Council, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Ben & Jerry's, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cooper Farms, CowPots, Dairy Farmers of America, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Iowa State University, Marquette University, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Producers Council, Newtrient LLC, Washington State University, Smithfield Foods, Tyson Foods, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington State University, Water Environment Research Foundation, and World Wildlife Fund
Partnership With: Department of Agriculture
Submission Dates: 9 a.m. ET, Nov 16, 2015 - 11:59 p.m. ET, Jan 15, 2016

EPA and Partners congratulate the winners of Nutrient Recycling Challenge – Phase I 

Results: EPA received 75 concept papers, and awarded a total of $30,000 in cash prizes to the top ten submissions (four “Winners” and six “Honorable Mentions”). 34 submissions will proceed to Phase II.

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EPA Press Release from 3/30/2016

Nutrient Recycling Challenge Phase I Selections

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Overview

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with pork and dairy producers, USDA, and environmental and scientific experts to host a competition to find technologies that can recycle nutrients from livestock waste and create valuable products.

Nutrient Recycling Challenge Factsheet – June 2016

Every year, livestock producers manage over a billion tons of animal manure containing valuable nutrients—nitrogen and phosphorus—that plants need to grow. Manure can be a resource as a renewable fertilizer, but should be used properly to minimize water pollution and build healthy soils.

Farmers across America are asking the question, “How can I manage nutrients on my farm better and more affordably?”

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There is a tremendous opportunity to generate environmental and economic benefits from manure. We could realize this potential with cost-effective technologies that extract manure’s nutrients and create products that farmers can use, transport, or sell more easily to where nutrients are in demand.

The Nutrient Recycling Challenge is seeking ideas for cost-effective technologies that extract nutrients (nitrogen and/or phosphorus) from cow or hog manure and concentrate them into a usable and potentially marketable form. We’ll be looking for how an idea either improves upon some aspect of what technologies can do today, or achieves the above-stated goals in an entirely new way.

The Nutrient Recycling Challenge wants you to help us find technologies that are a win-win for the environment, farmers, and the economy.

How will it work?

There are four phases planned for this innovation challenge, in which innovators will be invited to turn their concepts into designs, and eventually, into working technologies to be piloted on livestock farms:

Phase I: Concept Papers [closed] – November 16, 2015 – January 15, 2016

Phase II: Designs – TBA (late Summer 2016)

Phase III: Prototypes/Proof of Concept 

Phase IV: Finalists’ demonstration pilots on farms 

Results of Phase I

EPA received 75 concept papers from around the world in Phase I, and selected 34 submissions to continue on to Phase II of the challenge. On March 30, 2016, EPA announced the winners and awarded a total of $30,000 in cash prizes to the top 10 submissions (four “Winners” and six “Honorable Mentions”). The 34 selected submissions were also invited to the Nutrient Recycling Challenge DC Summit in Washington, DC on March 30-31, 2016, during which the winners received their awards at a ceremony at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The summit provided a forum for innovators to meet Partners, experts, and other innovators, as well as learn about resources to develop their ideas into real-life technologies. EPA seeks to create a “brain trust” that can design nutrient recovery technologies that can achieve what both farmers and the environment need.

Documents from Phase I of the challenge:

 

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Help spread the word!

EPA Press Release – Winners & DC Summit: 3/30/2016

EPA Press Release – Phase I launch: 11/11/2015

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Facebook: EPA- Water is Worth It

Twitter: @EPAwater

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Challenge website: www.nutrientrecyclingchallenge.org

FAQs: Have questions? We have answers in the attached document, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Contact: nutrientrecyclingchallenge@epa.gov

Nutrient Recycling Challenge Partners:

American Biogas Council

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Ben & Jerry’s

Cabot Creamery Cooperative

Cooper Farms

CowPots

Dairy Farmers of America

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Iowa State University

Marquette University

National Milk Producers Federation

National Pork Producers Council

Newtrient, LLC

Smithfield Foods

Tyson Foods

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Washington State University

Water Environment Research Foundation

World Wildlife Fund

How to Enter

The submissions period for Phase I of the Nutrient Recycling Challenge closed on January 15, 2016. Details about Phase II will be announced in late Summer 2016.

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Prizes
Winner! Manure Convertor Paulee Cleantec Ltd. - Dr. Ilan Levy and Oded Halperin $6,000.00
Winner! Producing Nutrients Concentrated Bio-solids via AnSBEARs - University of Minnesota - Bo Hu, Hongjian Lin, and Xin Zhang $6,000.00
Winner! Removal of Dissolved N and P from Livestock Manure by Air Stripping - Centrisys Corporation, cnp-Technology Water and Biosolids Corporation - Hiroko Yoshida, Gerhard Forstner, and Josh Gable $6,000.00
Winner! Slurry Separation with Coanda Effect Separator - Bravespec Systems Ltd. - Ahimbisibwe Michael $6,000.00
Honorable Mention: Azolla- Biological way of nutrient recovery - Wallenberg Laboratory - Tulika Arora $1,000.00
Honorable Mention: Ammonia + Recovery - Ocean Foresters and PRD Tech, Inc. - Mark Capron and Rakesh Govind $1,000.00
Honorable Mention: DVO Inc. Advanced Phosphorus Recovery System DVO, Inc. - Doug VanOrnum $1,000.00
Honorable Mention: Nutrient Recycling by Lime Treatment and Precipitation of Inorganic Salts - Power and Water Corporation, Flinders University of South Australia and KU Leuven (Belgium) - Jordan Phasey, Howard Fallowfield, and Dries Vandamme $1,000.00
Honorable Mention: The Production of Renewable Low Carbon Transportation Fuels and Nutrient Concentrated By-Products through the AWS System - Agricultural Waste Solutions, Inc. and Scott Bros. Dairy Farms - Michael Bagtang, Bruce Scott, and Steve McCorkle $1,000.00
Honorable Mention: Recycle Nutrients from Livestock Manure and Create Valuable Products - Trident Processes, LLC and Soil Net LLC. - Kerry Doyle, Tracey Mrak, Dr. Roa-Espinosa, and Richard Shatto $1,000.00

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4: ASDAN
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15: close oxygen chemical digest of raw manure
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55: Commercial Plant Growth Medium from CAFO Wastes
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81: Multi Ag Feed Supplement
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84: Mushroom shaped spreaders
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12: nutrient cycle recycling
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7_RevA: Nutrient Recycling Challenge
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9: Nutrient Recycling Suggestion
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65: SPECIFIC PLANTS for SPECIFIC NUTRIENT RECOVERY
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37: SyreN Web Consult
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35: Therma-Fliter Biosolids Dryer
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59: Total Manure Remediation II
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90: Producing Nutrients Concentrated Bio-solids via AnSBEARs (University of Minnesota: Bo Hu, Hongjian Lin, and Xin Zhang)
93: Removal of Dissolved N and P From Livestock Manure by Air Stripping (Centrisys Corporation, cnp-Technology Water and Biosolids Corporation: Hiroko Yoshida, Josh Gable, and Gerhard Forstner)
33: Manure Converter (Paulee Cleantec Ltd.: Dr. Ilan Levy and Oded Halperin)
29: Slurry Separation with Coanda Effect Separator (Bravespec Systems Ltd.: Ahimbisibwe Micheal)
69: DVO, Inc. Advanced Phosphorus Recovery System: (DVO, Inc.: Doug VanOrnum)
95: Recycle Nutrients from Livestock Manure and Create Valuable Products (Trident Processes, LLC and Soil Net LLC: Kerry Doyle, Dr. Aicardo Roa-Espinosa, Richard Shatto, and Tracey Mrak)
83: The Production of Renewable Low Carbon Transportation Fuels and Nutrient Concentrated By-Products Through the AWS System (Agricultural Waste Solutions, Inc., Scott Brothers Dairy: Steve McCorkle, Michael Bagtang, and Bruce Scott)
80: Nutrient Recycling by Lime Treatment and Precipitation of Inorganic Salts (Power and Water Corporation, Flinders University of South Australia and KU Leuven (Belgium): Jordan Phasey, Howard Fallowfield, and Dries Vandamme)
67: Ammonia + Recovery (PRD Tech, Inc. and Ocean Foresters: Rakesh Govind, Mark Capron, and Jim Stetson)
54: Azolla- Biological Way of Nutrient Recovery (Wallenberg Laboratory: Tulika Arora)
28: Complete Resource Recovery: C, N, P, K, & Metals (Ocean Foresters: Mark Capron)
46: RePeet™ – Peat Moss Alternative From Digested Dairy Manure ( Organix, Inc.: Russell V. Davis)
44: A2 Digester System – Small Scale Anaerobic Digester (Organix, Inc.: Russell V. Davis)
36: SyreN Crystal (BioCover: Morten Toft)
68: Using Floating Resin-Based Phosphorus Collectors in Dairy Manure Lagoons (Ohio State University: Dr. Ruiqiang Liu)
63: Cito Enterprises, Inc. (Cito Enterprises, Inc.: Clifford Owen)
45: BIDA® System – Onsite Biological Wastewater Filtration (Organix, Inc.: Russell V. Davis)
3: Electrolytic Oxidation of Dairy Effluent-Sweetwater (David Orlebeke)
1: Electrolytic Oxidation of Swine Effluent (David Orlebeke)
76: ThermChem Corporation–The Nutrient Recycling Challenge (ThermChem Corporation: Bryan G. Redd)
96: ManurUSe: Manure Processing for Maximized Nutrient Recovery (Colsen BV and University of Antwerp – Ghent University: Joop Colsen and Siegfried E. Vlaeminck)
94: Deposition of Manure Nutrients in a Mycoalgae Biofilm (University of Minnesota: Aravindan Rajendran, Bo Hu, and Jing Gan)
92: N-E-W Tech™: Advancing the Animal Agriculture Circular Economy (BlueXGreen, LLC University of Idaho / Washington State University: Gregory Möller)
89: Manure Nutrients Recovery for Organic Fertilizer & Renewable Energy Solution (GSR Solutions, Inc.: Anju D. Krivov)
87: Reactor System (Reaction Energy: Dean Gokel)
74: Zitta Biogas Re-N (RE-N TECHNOLOGY APS: Jens Tradsborg)
62: Zeolite Technology – An Emerging Nutrient Management Solution (quasar energy group: Mel Kurtz)
61: PRS/Gasification – A Solution to Algal Blooms (quasar energy group: Mel Kurtz)
60: Biological Nutrient Recovery with Hermetia illucens (Bestico B.V. Koppert Biological Systems: Jan Kofahl)
53: Black Soldier Fly Swine and Dairy Waste Treatment (Nutrient Savers Barnyard Industries: Simon Gregg)
47: Nutrient Recycling From Dairy Manure Made Easy (Carbon Cycle Consulting: Jason Fuller)
38: Recycling Manure and Food Waste by Use of CIFOs (Permetia Envirotech, Inc.: Dr. Douglas Perednia)
13: Maggot Solution (Innoen Co., Ltd; Tsinghua University : Yi Yu Lai)
70: Nutrient Optimization and Cost Reduction with the LWR System (Livestock Water Recycling, Inc.: Karen Schuett and Lisa Fast)
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49: Aerobic In-Vessel Composting for Swine/Dairy Manure
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4: ASDAN
27: Bio-Domes: Simple Nutrient Removal from Agricultural Waste Streams
15: close oxygen chemical digest of raw manure
55: Commercial Plant Growth Medium from CAFO Wastes
20: Easy Transformation of Pure Chemicals from Manure
21: Extraction of Nutrients from Raw Manure Through Catalytic Hydrogenation
30: Lactic acid fermentation process for new products from manure
26_RevA: Large-scale Drying and Gasification of Raw Manure
78: Modified Static Aerobic Pile (MSAP®) Composting
81: Multi Ag Feed Supplement
84: Mushroom shaped spreaders
79: New high-performance technology for processing manure
40: Nualgi – Diatom algae based nutrient recycling technology for dairy and pork industry
12: nutrient cycle recycling
6: Nutrient Recycling – A Solar Oven for De-watering Farm Animal Wastes to Concentrate Nutrients
7_RevA: Nutrient Recycling Challenge
9: Nutrient Recycling Suggestion
48: Project Presentation for Cow and Hog Manure Utilization
5: RECYCLING OF NUTRIENTS FROM MANURE AND DAIRY INDUSTRY
10_RevA: Remediation of all Organics Including Bio-Solids in 7 Days
10_RevA: Remediation of all Organics Including Bio-Solids in 7 Days
65: SPECIFIC PLANTS for SPECIFIC NUTRIENT RECOVERY
37: SyreN Web Consult
35: Therma-Fliter Biosolids Dryer
59: Total Manure Remediation II
50: Toward Total Capture & Recycling of Nutrients: Minimizing Loss Pathways
88: Vermcomposting for Nutrient Recycling from Animal Manure
Rules

The submissions period for Phase I of the Nutrient Recycling Challenge closed on January 15, 2016. Details for Phase II will be announced in late Summer 2016. 

 

Eligibility

The Nutrient Recycling Challenge was open to innovators around the world. We also encouraged collaboration between multiple individuals or groups. Employees of federal agencies must abide by their employers’ policies for participating in a challenge or prize competition. Members of the planning committee or judging panel for the Nutrient Recycling Challenge and their immediate family members cannot participate.

Prizes

  • The agency paid monetary prizes using electronic funds transfer unless the contestant qualifies for payment by convenience check.
  • Monetary prizes may be subject to Federal income taxes.
  • The agency will comply with the Internal Revenue Service 1099 reporting requirements under either method of payment. Prizes and awards are reported on the 1099- miscellaneous form. Requirements for completing a 1099 form maybe obtained from the IRS at http://www.irs.gov/app/picklist/list/formsInstructions.html. The 1099-miscellaneous form contains instructions for the recipient.

 

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