Renewable Gas Production From Waste

Renewable Gas Production From Waste

Project Title: Renewable Gas Production from waste

Funding Body: Co-funded by IRCSET and Bord Gáis (Enterprise Partnership Scheme)

Project type: PhD

Period: July 2010 - June 2013

Researcher: James Browne

Project description:

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a long establish technology in the field of waste water treatment, however, optimising the process especially for energy production in the form of biogas is the subject of continuing research. The biogas produced from AD may be used in a number of ways such as in combined heat and power (CHP) plants or it can can also be upgraded to bio-methane (97% CH4), which is almost identical to natural gas. This bio-methane could be injected into the gas grid and be used as a source of heat, electricity or as a transport fuel.

This project is a continuation of research which has been ongoing at the bioenergy group over the past four/five years. Much work to date has been done on bioenergy/bio-fuels strategy, using grass silage and other energy crops in an Irish context. The current project aims to investigate the suitability of various sources of organic wastes and residues including the organic fraction of municiple solid waste (OFMSW), food waste from catering and other bio-degradable wastes suitable for AD and biogas production.  The type of technology used in the process is of significant importance in the in the production of biogas and laboratory trials on a range of feedstocks will be conducted using existing bespoke digesters at the ERI.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork