Applied Biogas Technology: Converting Organic Waste to Energy

Biogas is renewable natural gas produced from organic waste. This course explains how biogas is produced, the equipment needed, and how to estimate yield.
Applied Biogas Technology: Converting Organic Waste to Energy - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 5
Length: 3 hours
Language: English
Note: Course includes simple math and chemical equations.

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Biogas is a renewable form of natural gas produced from biomass waste or other materials. Producing biogas is a good way to extract energy from waste products and can work well on farms, at food processing plants, and in other locations as well.

In this asynchronous, self-paced course, videos will teach you about the chemistry of biogas, how it is produced, and the advantages of biogas over fossil fuel. You will learn about the different types of production systems available and the equipment needed to produce and utilize biogas through short readings, images, and videos. Check your learning questions after each section will help you apply what you learn.

Once you understand the basics of biogas, readings and videos will teach you how to estimate biogas yield from various organic waste products, the costs of a biogas operation, and the potential income. Finally, a video will guide you step-by-step through an example cost estimation for a biogas digester. To help you remember what you have learned, you can download and print a biogas reference sheet that lists important facts, formulas, and tables from the course, including the information you need to do your own calculations.

Who is this for?
  • Anyone who is interested in learning about, using, or promoting the use of biogas from anaerobic digestion at farms, homes, and businesses
What will you learn?

You will learn how to:

  • Differentiate between renewable energy and sustainable energy
  • Identify the major types of biogas
  • Identify the key components of a biogas system
  • Estimate biogas yield from a given feedstock
  • Identify scenarios that are favorable for biogas project development
  • Carry out a simple economic analysis of a biogas system


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