“The Red Gold” that will fuel the Arctic

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GRØN DYST 2014 Technical University of Denmark

“The Red Gold” that will fuel the Arctic
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Author:A.R. Pizarro (Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
L. Garcia (Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
G. Vasilaki (Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
Date: 2014-06-27     Track: Main     Session: 1

In Sisimiut, Greenland, is located one of the world’s largest shrimp industries. The factory is the main source of people’s livelihood in the municipality and the shrimp trading contributes to approximately 50% of the total income in Greenland. Sisimiut plant receives 20,000 tons of shrimps per year; however, only 1/3 of this amount is edible. The rest (shrimp shells and tails) is discharged into the sea, threatening the fragile arctic marine environment. Several treatment options have been introduced in the past, which were proved disadvantageous, both economically and environmentally. This project focuses on the feasibility of biogas production from the shrimp by-products, an unexploited valuable resource, as an alternative solution.