Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases, in addition to nitrous oxide and methane, which is contributing towards climate change. One way to mitigate the high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere is to capture it into the terrestrial environment. This is the technology (known as carbon capture) being deployed in this project, provided by Swindon-based CCm Technologies Ltd.
In the project, the CO2 present in the atmosphere will be captured into organic waste material such as food waste. The reactions between the captured CO2 and the organic waste converts it into a renewable customisable fertiliser. Since chemical fertiliser production is energy intensive, producing greenhouse gas emissions, an alternative fertiliser source is certainly a more sustainable option.
This exciting project is funded by Innovate UK under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, led by CCm Technologies and supported by Cranfield University in collaboration with the Luton Hoo Estate, where the field trials are being conducted.
- The field trials are being carried out to determine the efficacy of these novel green fertilisers to meet winter wheat and barley nutrient demand, and also to measure the material’s contribution towards soil carbon sequestration.
- Tubes have been inserted below ground to utilise root scans to take images of root architecture to show its relationship with soil carbon sequestration.
- A total of 80 plots have been utilised, each 12m2, and set out to evaluate three formulations of the novel green fertiliser, each having four doses and four replications. There are also control plots.
Attendees at the event will include farmers, fertiliser companies, technology providers, researchers, school children, farming consultants, agribusiness and the general public. To ensure a mix of attendees and to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions in place for this event, we will be reviewing registrations of interest and confirming with those who we wish to invite to attend a session.
This demonstration event will provide an opportunity to engage with relevant stakeholders to provide field scale evidence on the efficacy of such novel green fertiliser in promoting sustainable agriculture in the UK. The event will act as an Innovation Showcase in the lead up to COP26 in November 2021.
What to expect during the session
There will be a maximum of 30 attendees per session (subject to change within Government and University guidelines) who will be able to view three demonstration stations in rotation, as follows:
- At the first, based at the marquee, delegates will be able to view posters, samples of fertilisers, root scans in laptops and a demonstrator of CCm’s technology.
- The second will be sited over a soil pit dug up to 1 metre depth to showcase root extension and provide an explanation on soil conditions related to a particular fertiliser treatment.
- The final station will be at one of the trial plots, illustrating the variations in crop growth corresponding to fertiliser treatments.
Location and travel detailsThese demonstration sessions will take place at Common Hart Field, Luton Hoo Estate.
Who should attend
Farmers, fertiliser companies, technology providers, researchers, school children, farming consultants, agribusiness and the general public.