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.




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.

This online course will explain the chemistry of biogas, how it is produced, and how to estimate biogas yield from various organic waste products. It will also cover the advantages of biogas over fossil fuel, different types of production systems available, and the equipment needed to produce and utilize biogas. Lastly, we will run through a detailed example of the costs and potential income of a biogas operation.

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?
  • 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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