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Biomethane production system: Energetic analysis of various scenarios

Wu, Bin, Zhang, Xiangping, Bao, Di, Xu, Yajing, Zhang, Suojiang, Deng, Liyuan
Bioresource technology 2016 v.206 pp. 155-163
adsorption, biogas, digestion, energy efficiency, feedstocks, heat transfer, models, slurries
The energy consumption models of biomethane production system were established, which are more rigorous and universal than the empirical data reported by previous biomethane system energetic assessment work. The energy efficiencies of different scenarios considering factors such as two digestion modes, two heating modes of digester, with or without heat exchange between slurry and feedstock, and four crude biogas upgrading technologies were evaluated. Results showed the scenario employing thermophilic digestion and high pressure water scrubbing technology, with heat exchange between feedstock and slurry, and heat demand of digester supplied by the energy source outside the system has the highest energy efficiency (46.5%) and lowest energy consumption (13.46MJth/Nm3CH4), while scenario employing mesophilic digestion and pressure swing adsorption technology, without heat exchange and heat demand of digester supplied by combusting the biogas produced inside the system has the lowest energy efficiency (15.8%) and highest energy consumption (34.90MJth/Nm3CH4).