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Economic feasibility of anaerobic digesters

Description

The typical simple payback for a biogas plant may be about seven years as long as the existing government incentive program is available and biogas energy is produced continuously without interruption except for scheduled regular maintenance. Some experiences in North America show that biogas energy production is often interrupted due to unforeseen maintenance and process related issues. Even though anaerobic digestion is a century-old process, the adaptation of this process successfully on the commercial scale for producing energy is still evolving. Frequent interruptions in the process show that the technology and process related knowledge still have room to improve. Despite these drawbacks, the potential for carbon trading and increased consumer awareness regarding practicing environmentally sound and sustainable agricultural production methods will certainly add to the benefits of continuing to work with this technology.

Tags
alternative energy and fuels biogas digesters manure

Title and publication information

Type
Fact Sheet
Series Title

Agri-facts

Extent

6 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Agriculture and Rural Development (2008-2015)

Contributor

Edeogu, Ike

Contributor

Papworth, Lawrence

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Subject Information

Topic
Agriculture
Subject (LCSH)

Manure handling.

Subject (LCSH)

Biogas.

Resource Dates

Date Created

2008-06-01

Date Added

2015-12-16T16:22:09.055822

Date Modified

2008-06-01

Date Issued

2008-06-01

Audience information

Identifiers

AGDEX number

768-6

NEOS catalogue key

4182184

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Agriculture and Forestry

Contact Email

duke@gov.ab.ca