MIRAI 2.0 R&I Week 2023 

The role of Anaerobic Digestion in sustainable management towards a Society 5.0

Professor Alex Enrich Prast, Linköping University

Alex Enrich Prast
Clean energy, Biomethane, Anaerobic digestion, biofertilizer, sustainability
Short workshop abstract:
Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a multifunctionality tool that has been currently used for biogas and biofertilizer production being key for the societal sustainable transformations. Even though AD is a highly efficient and cost-effective and well-established and mature technology, further research in AD has the potential to lead to increase in efficiency gains and potentially new solutions that could benefit new sectors of society. The goal of this workshop is to explore the AD benefits and transdisciplinary connections between AI, Innovation, Material Science and Sustainability areas. We intend to explore the benefits of the AI when applied to single large scale reactors, with the goal of making biogas reactors more stable, a long term problem in AD. New materials can be used for the extraction of elements from Biogas reactors, e.g. N, P and K for agriculture or Rare Earth Elements for the high tech sector. There is also a clear need in advancing the innovation and entrepreneurship related to AD, biogas and biofertilizer production to make it more visible and business friendly and applied not only in Sweden and Japan, but at other countries and there is where the AD interacts with the Innovation and Entrepreneur area.