Biogas Production

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  • Created on: 10-05-13 19:01
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  • Biogas Production
    • Batch generators
      • Manually loaded with waste to produce biogas in batches
      • By products cleared away at the end of each session
    • Continuous generators
      • Make biogas all the time
      • Waste continually fed in and biogas produced at a steady rate
      • More suitable for large scale biogas projects
    • Generators
      • Continuous generators are more expensive because waste has to be mechanically pumped in and digested material mechanically removed constantly
      • Batch generators less convinient because waste fed in manually
      • 35 degrees for maximum biogas production
      • Generator best located near waste source
    • Environment and economy
      • 'greener' than fossil fuels, said to be carbon neutral
      • Doesn't produce much SO2 or nitrogen oxides which cause acid rain
      • Raw material is cheap and easily available
      • Slurry used as fertiliser
        • Better than normal fertiliser- more crops
      • Stops developing countries collecting wood for fuel- efficient waste disposal
        • Otherwise waste cause spread disease
    • Made by anaerobic fermentation of waste material
      • 70% methane 30% CO2
      • Mircroorganisms ferment plant and animal waste which contain carbohydrates
      • Can't be stored as a liquid, has to be used immediately for heating e.g
    • Kept at constant temp to keep microorganisms respiring
  • Fermentation is where bacteria or yeast break down sugars by anaerobic respiration
  • Ethanol
    • Anaerobic fermetnation of sugar
      • Glucose-> Ethanol + CO2 + Energy
      • Ethanol distilled to seperate it from yeast and remaining glucose




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