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Novel biogas technology for piggeries

Opportunity for

  • Biogas and environmental engineers interested in developing new products and services
  • Energy utilities /providers developing new products and services
  • Primary producer and retail food corporates interested in reducing carbon footprint

Opportunity description

Industry challenge: Biogas, the capture of methane from effluent ponds, has been of interest to the pig industry for many years. It is currently a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the burning (flaring) of the gas or burning gas to generate heat and power for use on-farm. To date, biogas production has only been feasible for large piggeries (> 1000 sows) due to the capital required and the associated long payback periods. There is a need for more efficient systems that can be used in smaller piggeries as well as systems that allow for biogas production to fluctuate based on raw material volumes and / or energy output requirements.

Current opportunity: Australian Pork (APL) and University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have been developing biogas approaches using in-ground anerobic digestion of piggery litter and large-scale biogas to biomethane upgrading. Proof of concept data is demonstrating both technical and economic feasibility for smaller scale systems and biogas systems that respond to raw material and energy needs. Opportunity exists for biogas, energy or engineering companies interested in developing new biogas products and services.

Other opportunities: Focusing on smaller scale and scalable biogas production provides opportunities to expand the technology into other biogas production systems using other manures or crop residue feedstocks.

Opportunity type

Seeking interest, Seeking partners


Early (TRL 1-4)
Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
What does this mean?
Describes the stage of the challenge or opportunity being pursued.

Project led by

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Other rural industries Pork

Australian Pork (APL)

Australian Pork Limited is an Australian Research and Development Corporation. Our purpose is to enable a thriving pork industry. Our …

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Other rural industries Pork
  • Location


  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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Opportunity for

Intensive agriculture and power generators interested in commercialising water treatment technology to recycle wastewater and effluent with hot gas bubbles from exhaust gases. Use cases include:

  • farms and wastewater treatment plants with biogas generation
  • waste disposal industries like landfills with biogas generation
  • biogas plants and coal power plants which emit large amounts of hot CO2 from exhaust gases that can be reused.
  • Led by

    Australian Pork (APL)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking investment, Licensing

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).

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