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This category is the place for anaerobic digestion and biogas news and developments.

Today anaerobic digestion (AD) news is all about is the environmentally-sustainable way of generating biogas from plants and wastes.

Many news items stem from the fact that anaerobic digestion systems can be very different for example material may be fed into a reactor in distinct batches, or in a continuous flow.

Anaerobic Digestion News

News and analysis of anaerobic digestion markets, facilities, projects, technologies, companies and government policies.

There are a number of news items that have been posted for a variety of UK food waste anaerobic digestion projects which show that Anaerobic Digestion UK is growing. This news seems to confirm the gradual growth of business in the AD sector.

There will be more news of the UK ETS Scheme as final deals are made. Bioenergy and EfW investors say the move is the next “logical next step”.

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Many people love cooking with gas, but what if you could make your own supply, using leftover food waste? Look out for more news of developments in this area as well.

In principle it is simple; you put organic matter into a reception vessel with bacteria and it will produce gas. That is why it is often, not always correctly, likened to a concrete cow. The more you seek to optimise this living structure and its gas production, however, the more complex and sophisticated the system becomes. While the feedstock delivers the gas, it needs the right environment to maximise results and that means paying attention to tank design. As with all things practical, form reflects function.

There are a number of news items that have been posted for a variety of UK food waste anaerobic digestion projects which show that Anaerobic Digestion UK is growing. This news seems to confirm the gradual growth of business in the AD sector.

A few years ago there were UK biogas plants starting construction at the rate of at least two a month, and the industry was even then disappointed and thought the rate should be higher. The news must get better on that over the next few years.

The news is that AD benefits many different groups; including the local community, industry, farmers and energy entrepreneurs, government and the environment.

There is also a demand that in future there will be better AD of solid waste, and by that, we mean smaller, more compact digesters which create much higher gas yields. There is progress being made with a number of promising technologies being used and we will be expecting news on this subject.

We will no doubt also be reporting on how sustainable is an anaerobic digestion biogas plant? The increasing substitution of fossil fuels, such as natural gas, by biogas, would dramatically improve the climate balance.

A THRIVING anaerobic digestion industry is vital for the development of a truly circular economy in Scotland, according to the chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association.

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“Returning nutrients from food and other organic materials to the soil, so they can improve soil quality and support food production, is the kind of closed-loop approach we need.

About to come is news of a big increase in recycling and reuse, more food waste being recycled, less waste going to landfill, and especially less climate-harming biodegradable waste,” said Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland.

“This has been achieved with hard work from local authorities and others, as well as the growing understanding of the importance of recycling and waste reduction in homes and businesses.”

Increasingly, waste has value. The AD process recognises that and turns things we don’t want, like food waste and farmyard slurry, into something we desperately need – clean, affordable electricity what could be more newsworthy than that!

Farm worker feeding animals on anaerobic digestion UK farm

Anaerobic Digestion UK Recent Developments (in 2016)

In the UK, since 2011, there have been two main policies, pushing forward anaerobic digestion UK implementation.

Anaerobic Digestion UK policy to collect and digest food waste, and to raise renewable energy production to achieve a target output.

Small scale anaerobic digestion example Portugal

Small Scale Anaerobic Digestion for Supermarkets Takes Leap Forward

Small scale anaerobic digestion for supermarkets is a recent idea. But, with many large supermarket operators now either having on-site digesters, or using off-site AD facilities, it makes real sense. Small scale can be taken as the description for all anaerobic digestion plants in sizes ranging from a single dwelling, up to a community digester. […]

Anaerobic Digestion Using Microbial Fuel Cell Systems

Anaerobic Digestion Microbial Fuel Cell Systems – Pioneering Vision of a New AD Process

Anaerobic Digestion Microbial Fuel Cell Systems – Will these become the New “Super-Biogas Process”? Could Anaerobic Digestion Microbial Fuel Cell Systems, become the next “big thing”! With many thousands of large commercial anaerobic digestion plants in use throughout the world, and literally hundreds of thousands of small household and community biogas plants providing energy to their […]

UK On-farm Anaerobic Digestion

3 Examples of UK On-farm Anaerobic Digestion Community Pushing Government to Maintain Growth Surge

The UK’s On-farm Anaerobic Digestion Community has been working in the last few days to publicize the many benefits of their process which produces biogas. Government seed funding of biogas plant projects can help in a big way, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fuel use, in provides jobs, and reduces waste sent to landfill. All […]

Breaking News! 2nd Crowdfunded HomeBiogas Plant Will Be Portable

A second innovative portable HomeBiogas Plant appears to be achieving the funding needed, and this time it will be a portable anaerobic digestion plant. It is astonishing the extent to which that the public will spend money on crowdfunding websites like IndieGigo, which claim 15 million visits monthly. It was at first understandable that web visitors might buy […]

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3 Anaerobic Digestion Process Feedstock Materials Including Chocolate

Anaerobic digestion is turning not only cow – well you know – dung, into environmentally-friendly energy to heat and power your home, but also tannery (leather making) wastes, and even rejected chocolate.