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The Biogas Handbook: Science, Production and Applications

Provides a concise overview of biogas as an energy option
Explores biomass resources for production
Examines plant design and engineering and process optimisation

Series: Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy Volume: 52

By: Arthur Wellinger (Editor), Jerry Murphy (Editor), David Baxter (Editor), Nora Goldstein (Foreword By)

476 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

Woodhead Publishing

Hardback | Feb 2013 | #224948 | ISBN-13: 9780857094988
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NHBS Price: £165.00 $202/€185 approx

About this book

With pressure increasing to utilise wastes and residues effectively and sustainably, the production of biogas represents one of the most important routes towards reaching national and international renewable energy targets. The Biogas HandbookScience, production and applications provides a comprehensive and systematic guide to the development and deployment of biogas supply chains and technology.

Following a concise overview of biogas as an energy option, part one explores biomass resources and fundamental science and engineering of biogas production, including feedstock characterisation, storage and pre-treatment, and yield optimisation. Plant design, engineering, process optimisation and digestate utilisation are the focus of part two. Topics considered include the engineering and process control of biogas plants, methane emissions in biogas production, and biogas digestate quality, utilisation and land application. Finally, part three discusses international experience and best practice in biogas utilisation. Biogas cleaning and upgrading to biomethane, biomethane use as transport fuel and the generation of heat and power from biogas for stationery applications are all discussed. The Biogas Handbook concludes with a review of market development and biomethane certification schemes. With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors,

The Biogas Handbook is a practical reference to biogas technology for process engineers, manufacturers, industrial chemists and biochemists, scientists, researchers and academics working in this field.


- Biogas as an energy option: An overview

Part 1 Biomass resources, feedstock treatment and biogas production
- Biomass resources for biogas production
- Analysis and characterisation of biogas feedstocks
- Storage and pre-treatment of substrates for biogas production
- Fundamental science and engineering of the anaerobic digestion process for biogas production
- Optimisation of biogas yields from anaerobic digestion by feedstock type
- Anaerobic digestion as a key technology for biomass valorization: Contribution to the energy balance of biofuel chains

Part 2 Plant design, engineering, process optimisation and digestate utilization
- Design and engineering of biogas plants
- Energy flows in biogas plants: Analysis and implications for plant design
- Process control in biogas plants
- Methane emissions in biogas production
- Biogas digestate quality and utilization
- Land application of digestate

Part 3 Biogas utilisation
- International experience and best practice: Biogas cleaning
- Biogas up-grading to biomethane
- Biomethane feed-in into natural gas networks
- Generation of heat and power from biogas for stationery applications: Boilers, gas engines and turbines, combined heat and power (CHP) plants and fuel cells
- Biomethane for transport applications
- Market development and certification schemes for biomethane

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Arthur Wellinger is Managing Director of Triple E&M, an internationally operating research and consulting company located in Switzerland, and President of the European Biogas Association.

Jerry Murphy is the Lead Investigator in Bioenergy and Biofuels in the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork, Ireland.

David Baxter is a member of the Sustainable Transport Unit in the Institute for Energy & Transport of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission, Petten, The Netherlands). He is part of a team providing scientific and technical support to the development and maintenance of sustainability schemes for biomass and bioenergy, including biofuels. In addition, he is a member of the European Bioenergy Industrial Initiative (EIBI) team which is operated within the frame of the Strategic Energy Technologies (SET) Plan. He is also the leader of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Biogas Task 37, promoting economically and environmentally sustainable management of biogas production and utilisation from agricultural residues, energy crops and municipal wastes. 

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