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Introduction:

The European farming is facing a great challenge: How to maintain domestic agricultural production while cutting down greenhouse gas emissions? Agriculture accounts for about 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions at European level. A significant proportion of these (around 54%) is methane, most of which is produced by rumination and belching by cattle. In the EU area there are around 77 million cows on 1.8 million cattle farms. Each of these is a tiny point source of highly dilute methane, but the combined contribution reaches to total 158 MT CO2eq. of methane emissions annually. The CANMILK project is developing an innovative technology based on non-thermal plasma. This will help the cattle farms to cut down methane emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. 

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Goals

CANMILK expects to achieve:

  • a simple, efficient, and cost-effective equipment for methane abatement at the dairy and meat farms
  • targeted overall cost below 80 €/T CO2eq.
  • targeted methane conversion of 90%
  • a good understanding of the socio-economic and environmental feasibility of plasma-based methane abatement
  • increased awareness of environmental solutions available for GHG-abatement in agriculture

Latest releases

Participation to the Young Scientist Forum 2024
In April 2024, Abhinash Singh, a PhD student at VTT in a …
Master’s thesis: Combined non-thermal plasma and catalytic oxidation of low concentration methane
A recent Master's thesis by Irzam Javed, a student at the Lappeenranta-Lahti …
CANMILK – Consortium Meeting in Antwerp: Advancing Research and Innovation
Antwerp, Belgium – In early February 2024, the CANMILK consortium gathered in …
Methane-concentration measuring campaigns at dairy barn
Throughout this year, CANMILK has been conducting two unique campaigns to measure …
One year of CANMILK – M12 Meeting
On 22 August 2023, the CANMILK consortium met online for the M12 …
M7 consortium meeting in Espoo, Finland
The CANMILK consortium was happy to meet on 22 and 23 of …
CANMILK 1st press release
Valio and VTT published the first CANMILK press release on 16 February …
Barn air measurements have started!
In mid-January 2023 the barn-air measurements started in partner Valio’s dairy farm …

Key facts:

48 MONTHS

Duration (September 2022-August 2026)

7 PARTNERS

from 5 countries: Finland, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom

~ 3M€

budget from European Commission and UK Research and Innovation

90% targeted

methane conversion

Consortium

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UniAntwerpen_c
UniMastricht_c
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