What is Biogas?
Biogas is a “gas” produced through the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. This process is commonly referred to as Anaerobic Digestion. Biogas is a source of renewable energy that can be used, for power generation, combined heat and power (CHP), production of gas for the displacement of fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and liquid fuels.
Sources of biogas includes manure, sewage waste (WWTW), municipal waste (landfill), vegetables (crops), garden waste, plant material, industrial effluents or byproducts, animal waste and energy crops.
One of the main bi-products of biogas producing plants is fertilizers. This makes biogas plats ideal for organic farming.
Biogas presents as opportunity to increase the South African energy mix, the potential to increase electricity generation, is it a sustainable option, it is renewable, help eradicate poverty, promote energy jobs, it is easily dispatch able and can be generated all over the country.
Quick Facts on Biogas
- It is renewable
- It is sustainable
- It is green energy
- It is decentralized
- It is efficient
- It reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- It reduces, recycles and re-use waste