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Using biogas for Heat product


Through its production of biomethane, AD plants can play a crucial role in decarbonising one of the UK’s trickiest sectors – heat. Injected into the national grid, biomethane can directly displace fossil gas, providing an invaluable low-carbon fuel for domestic and commercial heat.

Raw biogas can also be used to power combined heat and power (CHP) units to generate renewable electricity and heat, suitable for local heat networks.

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With the transport sector currently producing the UK’s greatest emissions, AD plants’ biomethane can be used as a low-carbon fuel. Not all vehicles are suitable for electrification, where biomethane can power heavier modes of transport, most notably heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and shipping.

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Typically biogas generates electricity significantly less than 50 g CO2 /kWh, which easily meets government targets for carbon intensity of the grid.

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The UK aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050 – AD is essential to achieving this carbon emissions reduction goals. AD is not limited to its production of low-carbon energy, cutting emissions from multiple sectors: avoiding emissions from poor waste management practices, such as landfill and spreading of raw manure, and the production of renewable biofertiliser, digestate.

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Bioresources, for example digestate and bioplastics, are technologies and processes complimentary to the AD process. They contribute to profitability, efficiency and independence from fossil-based, finite resources.

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Credit: Bore Hill Farm
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Innovation is vital to delivering a financially sustainable AD industry, bringing down the cost of deployment and increasing revenue from AD’s co-products.

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