MINORGA® goes live! Preparing for Norway’s first biofertiliser product

Norgaard, E. – HØST Valuable Waste AS, Norway


A cooperation between IVAR IKS (IVAR) and HØST Valuable Waste AS (HØST) created an extensive 5-year development programme of investigating organic fertiliser products. Trials and field experiments have demonstrated that it is possible to produce biosolid based organic fertilisers with a consistency, particle size and balanced nutrient composition similar to those of mineral fertilisers. Market name of the biosolid based mineral organic fertilisers is
MINORGA An important part of the development was the establishment of a pilot fertiliser plant with testing facilities enabling process and product knowledge adequate for operating the fullscale installation. Quality assurance of the product is a vital prerequisite for introduction of MINORGA into the Norwegian market. Proper addressing of quality assurance requirements underlie establishing the company MINORGA VEKST AS. This company, owned by IVAR and HØST, undertake marketing, sales and distribution of MINORGA as cereal fertiliser in Norway. However, there are opportunities for export from the adjacent Mekjarvik harbour, in 650 kg big bags. A range of MINORGA
fertilisers will be tailor-made for different crops and fertilizing strategies. The paper describes the preparation undertaken for full MINORGA production in 2015.

The Biosolids conference attracts the most authoritative global experts in the area of biosolids and organic resource handling, treatment and recycling. The programme covers both the latest innovations and updates of existing technologies. Presentations from respected industry experts and newcomers follow the development of technologies and legislation from inception to full-scale installations.

The conference regularly gathers over 200 delegates from all over Europe, many of them return every year both for the technical presentations and fantastic networking opportunities.

Regular conference themes include:

• Thickening and Dewatering
• Modelling Sludge Handling and Utilisation
• Commissioning and Operating Experiences with Thermal Hydrolysis
• Tackling Potential Odour Problems
• Operating Experiences and Potential Problems in Digester Operation
• Ensuring Optimum Energy Recovery from Biogas
• Liquor Treatment and P Removal
• Alternative Products from Sludge
• Enhancing the Value of Biosolids and Digestate
• Pathogens and Pollutants In Digestate
• Sharing Experiences

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