Biogas/AD

In terms of global warming and independence of fossil fuels, biogas has a number of advantages. Produced from biodegradable wastes, biogas can be used for the production of low-carbon heat and electricity and can be upgraded for use as a vehicle fuel.

Biogas Facility

Contacts

Paul Steen. Ramboll

Paul Steen

BA MEng MA CEng MICE, Associate Director, Energy
T: +44 7970 615407
Ramboll. Andy Milsted. Image: Paulina Sobczak Photography

Andy Milsted

Project Manager & Chemical Engineer
T: +44 7870810859

Biogas usage options

Biogas is a renewable fuel that can be used in a number of ways. Biogas can be used in boilers to provide heat only, in combined heat and power plants (CHP) to generate both electricity and heat, or upgraded to biomethane and then injected into the gas network or used as a vehicle fuel.

Ramboll has extensive experience in advising clients on all these methods. We also advise on the development of gas networks for biomethane, in settings where no suitable infrastructure exists already.

Biogas upgrade

Biogas is made up of methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, water vapour and other minor constituents and particulates. The methane, and therefore the energy, content of the biogas can increase by removing the other constituents - the methane content can be increased to 98% or more. In this form, biomethane is suitable for injection into the gas network or used as a vehicle fuel.

Ramboll has advised a number of clients on biogas upgrades, which creates high grade renewable fuel and removes those constituents that have the potential to corrode or cause mechanical wear to a facility. 

There are a number of technologies available for the removal of CO2, which are continually being improved and developed upon. It is important to choose the most appropriate technology for the task, based on plant-specific parameters.

Biogas as a vehicle fuel

Biomethane can be compressed or liquefied into Compressed BioGas (CBG) or Liquefied BioGas (LBG), which can then be used as a vehicle fuel. Natural gas used as a vehicle fuel can lead to a  20-30% saving on carbon emissions.  The process of capturing biomethane can lead to a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emission compared to other energy sources.

Vehicles running on biomethane have lower emissions of particulates, NOx and SOx and are known to be quieter running than engines running on petrol or diesel.

Ramboll has been involved in pre-construction planning, design and inspection of a significant number of vehicle fuelling stations.

Anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge and organic waste

A city with a population of one million has the potential to generate 17,300,000 Nm3/year of raw biogas from sewage sludge. This is equivalent to 110 GWh; enough energy to provide heat and electricity to 4,400 households.

Alternatively, 280,000 homes can be supplied with heat and electricity from biogas generated from 8 million tonnes of organic waste.

Ramboll has considerable experience in the preparation of anaerobic digestion (AD) plant business models.

The underlying analyses investigate appropriate composition and volumes, consider the security of feedstock, evaluate the potential energy production levels and digestate output, and identify and evaluate end markets. Once a conclusion on the feasibility and scale of a plant has been reached, Ramboll can select, design and procure the correct reception facilities and waste handling equipment as well as the AD plant itself.

Our services after the pre-study stage cover the entire project cycle from preliminary design, permit applications and EIAs to final design, tendering, supervision, commissioning and performance tests. We also perform periodical inspections and analysis of risks and operational safety.

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Projects

Dalderse Sludge Treatment Centre co-digestion feasibility study

The Sludge Treatment Centre at Dalderse in Falkirk, Scotland, is part of a large waste water treatment works dating from the 1960s and owned by Scottish Water. In 2010, Ramboll investigated using biogas by-products from the works to fuel vehicles or supply the gas grid. Ramboll Energy's current feasibility study determines the measures necessary to implement co-digestion of commercial and industrial waste with sewage sludge, and updates our earlier findings on exploiting the biogas as a commercial energy resource.

At Dalderse, 432 tonnes per day of sewage sludge from several sites is digested in two mesophilic anaerobic digesters, where bacteria break down the sludge to produce methane and other by-products. Anaerobic digestion is standard UK practice for rendering a harmful mat ...

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Borås gas filling station & LNG storage

Construction of a new gas filling station for the supply of biomethane as a vehicle fuel and LNG backup storage.

Biomass power plant in Maabjerg

Maabjerg BioEnergy, which is one of the world’s largest biogas plants, was initiated by a group of local farmers together with local energy supply companies.

Cumnock anaerobic digester plant upgrade feasibility study

Horizons Environment — part of Scottish Water — is considering investing in the equipment necessary for its existing anaerobic digesters to be able to accept organic waste. This will require the upgrade of the digesters, which form part of the sludge treatment centre at Cumnock Waste Water Treatment Works, East Aryshire. Ramboll prepared a feasibility study, which forms the business case for investment.

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