WHY BIOGAS?

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Economic Benefits

  • Jobs (temporary/construction and permanent)

  • Turns cost item (i.e., waste treatment) into revenue-generating opportunity

  • Can operate in conjunction with composting operations

  • Improves rural infrastructure and diversifies rural income streams

  • Digestate produced by the system can replace synthetic fertilizer or bedding purchases

 

Waste Treatment Benefits

  • Natural waste treatment process

  • Mature technology

  • Smaller physical footprint (vs. composting)

  • Reduces volume of waste for transport, land application, (vs. not using digestion)

  • Very efficient decomposition

  • Complete biogas capture

  • Nutrient recovery and recycling

 

Environmental Benefits

  • Dramatic odor reduction

  • Reduced pathogen levels

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions

  • Platform for reducing nutrient runoff

  • Increased crop yield

 

Energy Benefits

  • Net-energy producing process

  • Multiple existing biogas end-use applications, including:

    • heat-only

    • electric-only

    • combined heat and power

    • pipeline quality biomethane

    • transportation fuel

  • Baseload/dispatchable energy source (vs. intermittent wind and solar)

  • Distributed generation (which means lower transmission/transportation costs and higher reliability)

  • Direct replacement for non-renewable fossil fuels