Electricity Generation from Biogas
Utilising this amazing renewable green energy source
Biogas is a combustible gas which can be used in similar ways to natural gas. In many countries across the world using biogas as a fuel for cooking and lighting is very common, however, utilising biogas for electricity generation is gradually becoming more popular.
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Where does biogas come from?
Biogas is produced during the anaerobic digestion of organic waste/matter in an oxygen-free environment in a biomass digester or plant. During this process, the organic product degrades and breaks down producing biogas.
Biogas consists mostly of methane - 50 to 75%, carbon dioxide - 25 to 45%, water - 2 to 8%, and hydrogen sulphide. Biomass which produces biogas with a higher methane percentage is ideal as this means the biogas will have a higher energy content.
Burning methane has a positive effect on the climate, reducing the impact of the gas being released into the environment. Biogas combustion is carbon neutral, so substituting it for traditional fossil fuels reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
To give you some idea of how much power biogas can produce, biogas has about half the energy content of diesel.
What can be used to produce biogas?
A huge variety of organic matter can be used to produce biogas, with varying results depending on how much methane is produced from the matter as well as the conditions the anaerobic digestion takes place.
- Animal manure - cow, chicken, pig
- Rubbish - capped landfill facilities
- Offcut meat from slaughterhouses
- Plant material waste - fruit, vegetables
- Agricultural waste
- Brewery and distillery waste
- Forestry waste - branches, treetops, low-quality trees, unused species
Using biogas to generate electricity is often a viable option for a huge range of applications including:
- Landfill facilities
- Human waste treatment facilities
- Farms or processing facilities which produce sawdust, food waste, or plant waste.
The ideal temperature for methane production is 29℃ to 35℃ making electricity generation using biogas perfect for warm countries like Australia. However many biogas power plants in cooler climates are also effective.
Using Inoplex biogas generator
Inoplex biogas generators use combustion engines fueled with biogas to produce electricity. Due to the reduced set up and maintenance costs, an Inoplex generator offers a practical electricity generation solution for a huge range of applications.
Benefits of Inoplex cogenerator for biogas electricity generation
- Significantly lower than using fossil fuels.
- Reliable power source
- Cost effective engines
- Reduce the environmental effect of industry biomass
- Low operating cost
- Low maintenance costs
- Long life span
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Option to use the heat generated by the generator on site
Get started with biogas electricity generation today
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