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EPA and USDA Boost For Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas As Major Renewable Energy Source

Support for the implementation of anaerobic digestion from governments is the most important driver for uptake for AD and biogas technology worldwide. Time and again around the world it can be seen that technical experts can win the case for the viability of innovative technologies in utility service provision, and businesses may offer great new technologies which clearly solve problems, but it is not until the political will exists to see implmentation that large scale investment takes place.

Image relating to anaerobic digestion from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center: Deer Island; Paul Sellew, CEO of Harvest Power, speaking at Deer Island on anaerobic digestion. (Flickr – filename: 9271495544_80e0612824_o.jpg)

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Markets need the confidence that large scale investments like renewable energy facilities, such as biogas plants, will continue to yield income for the lifetime of any large scale industrial plant, and only governments can provide that.

That’s why the recent developments in the US are particularly gratifying and in particular the recent emphasise on the use of biogas in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) by the EPA, will be such a big boost to the industry in America. As is also the fact that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published their own Biogas Opportunities Roadmap.

There will clearly be abundant work for AD and Biogas Contractors if anything like the 11,000 Additional Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Plants identified in the USDA Roadmap.

But, don’t take our word for it! Below are links to some of the articles recently published on this subject:

USDA Biogas Opportunities Roadmap – Breaking Energy

“Breaking Energy USDA Biogas Opportunities Roadmap-  Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to emphasize the use of biogas in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has come out with their own Biogas Opportunities Roadmap … and more »” Click here.

To find out more about “USDA Biogas Opportunities Roadmap – Breaking Energy” and anaerobic digestion, click here.

Biomethane Production at California Dairy


“John Fiscalini describes how cow manure is digested into biogas and then upgraded to biomethane for electricity generation at his Modesto, CA dairy. CALSTART…”

Indeed, what is also becoming clear is that the US will also be following Europe and many other nations to cease reliance on power (electricity) generation as the revenue generating product of the energy created by anaerobic digestion. Instead, biogas will be upgraded to provide an even more valuable commodity. That is as a low emissions, clean, transport fuel, for example, as described in the following article:

City eyes biogas to fuel vehicles – Sharonherald

“City eyes biogas to fuel vehicles: Sharonherald: He explained that the plant will produce a biogas that is “dirty,” meaning it contains water, hydrogen sulfide and siloxanes, but that those materials will be removed. The lone remaining contaminant will be carbon dioxide, which would be removed by the …” Sharon Herald biogas in the News

To find out more about “City eyes biogas to fuel vehicles – Sharonherald” and anaerobic digestion, click here.

Earlier, we mentioned those 11,000 biogas plants, which is explained below:

UDSA Backs 11000 Additional Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Plants – Waste Management World

“Waste Management World: UDSA Backs 11,000 Additional Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Plants: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a road map detailing how an additional 11,000 anaerobic digestion plants could create the huge emissions savings by using biogas to either produce energy from waste, or as transport fuel.and more »” 11,000 biogas plants article.

In recent months, some of the largest engineering companies have been buying into the AD and Biogas sector, such as GE and Siemens which is a massive vote of confidence in the continuing expansion of this form of bio-energy process. There is room for much optimism that many specialist AD technology innovators will also see enough orders to bring them profitability and long-term success.



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