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Biogas

 

The renewable energy source Biogas is produced in a microbiological degradation process of biomass during anaerobic digestion. Its main components include methane and carbon dioxide. One of the main advantages of biogas over other regenerative energy sources is its time-independent availability. As the power generation by sun and wind depends on weather conditions, it cannot ensure a continuous energy supply. In contrast, the generation of electricity and heat by biogas can cover the base load as well as the peak load, since the gas can unproblematically be stored. After a conditioning of biogas to natural gas quality, the feed-in into the gas grid and the usage as fuel are also possible.


To ensure an economically and technically optimal use of the microbiological degradation process, the collaboration of various areas of expertise is beneficial. To that end, we examine the whole biogas production process with its diverse influencing factors in collaboration with biologists, chemical engineers, industrial engineers, environmental engineers and mechanical engineers.
 

Equipment

- Biogas laboratory

- Thermophysical properties laboratory

 

Main research projects

- Selection and pre-treatment of biomass
- Thermophysical properties of biomass
- Analysis of the biogas production process
- Evaluation and optimization of the process

 

Previous student projects