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What is biogas?

Biogas is a mixture of gases produced by microorganisms as a result of the decomposition of organic matter in the absence of oxygen.

Why is biogas considered a renewable energy?

Because it is produced from renewable organic waste (biomass) without imposing a negative impact on the biosphere. In other words, the cycle of nutrients and waste products from their transformation has a neutral carbon balance or neutral carbon footprint in the biosphere.

This means that the carbon used by plants to grow is taken from the soil and air to build organic tissue, which is the matter that constitutes it. This carbon and nutrients are returned to the biosphere (air, water and land) during their transformation into energy and organic fertilizers. The key is that this same amount of carbon will be used again to grow (renew) the same amount of biomass used as feedstock in the beginning.

It should be noted that, unlike biogas, fossil fuels cannot be renewed. This is due to their fossil nature, since, although they are produced with the same principles, they have been stored within the Earth's crust for millions of years. Therefore, its sudden release into the biosphere alters the carbon balance that exists today. Such a situation seriously endangers the survival of millions of species, making its indefinite use counterproductive for animal and human life on the planet.

Is biogas the best technology available for the treatment of organic waste?

Yes. Biogas technology has the best transformation efficiency.

Compared to bio-ethanol, bio-diesel or gasification has the highest rate or ratio of transformation of waste into energy. In summary: A ton of organic waste, when used to produce biogas, generates a greater amount of energy than if it is treated using any other existing technology.

What advantage does it have over other renewable energies such as wind or photovoltaic?

Firstly, it stands out that biogas technology has the lowest production cost per kilowatt.

On the other hand, unlike what happens with wind or solar technologies, biogas does not stop when there is no wind or the sun is not available. You can produce and use biogas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Another great competitive advantage is the obtaining of a high quality organic fertilizer as a result of the process. This allows a closed cycle of nutrients, thus creating a virtuous and sustainable circle. Fertilizer can be used directly in the field to produce more raw materials and resources, which can again be used by man and later valued as energy in the form of waste. Just like in nature with biogas there is no waste.

It is important to highlight that the organic fertilizer obtained, unlike animal or agricultural waste that does not receive treatment, is odorless and does not contain pathogenic organisms. It also increases the feasibility and profitability of your project.

Why is anaerobic digestion the most efficient process?

Because it is the technology with the highest energy conversion rate per unit of mass (waste).

Per kilogram of raw material, the highest conversion to energy in the form of biogas is obtained. This is due to the fact that the microorganisms that carry out the conversion process had their origins in the era when oxygen did not yet exist. These, through millions of years of evolution, have achieved extraordinary conversion efficiencies greater than 90%. Let's remember that garbage does not exist in nature.

What kind of waste can be transformed into energy?

Almost any organic waste can be transformed into energy. The following list shows some of the most common wastes with methanization potential.

Agricultural residuals
Industrial waste
Energy Harvests
Urban Garbage
Liquid Waste

How does the technology work?

The waste and/or organic waste is dosed into a sealed reactor called a digester. In this they are heated and mixed with various colonies of microorganisms under anaerobic conditions. These microorganisms consume organic matter and produce biogas as a result, which is captured, stored and conditioned for later use in a cogeneration engine or a boiler.
So that all this happens without failures, DIOXI is responsible for optimizing the production process, while carrying out these tasks it learns from the process and improves it.

How much biogas can I get from my waste?

The most valuable component of biogas is methane (CH4) and the presence of this varies considerably depending on the type of waste. Therefore, the biogas production potential always depends on the nature, quantity and quality of the waste.

As an example, some can produce 160 Nm3 CH4 (Horse Manure) and others 900 Nm3 CH4 (Glycerin) per ton of volatile matter. For this reason, the characterization of the substrates is required, which determines the energy content in the available waste.

Finally, it should be noted that the maximum methanation potential of your waste can only be achieved through adequate technological selection, optimal plant design and correct plant management.

Is methane production harmful to the environment? Does the methane content of biogas harm the environment?

Not when it is produced in a controlled process in an industrial plant, but when it is produced without any control and is released in the same way into the atmosphere.

The goal of anaerobic digestion is to prevent damage to the environment from the release of methane. In an industrial biogas plant, the methane (CH4) produced is captured and stored without allowing it to be released into the atmosphere. Methane is the most valuable product of anaerobic digestion, this being the byproduct used to generate profits through its transformation into energy.

Methane is a gas with a strong greenhouse effect, which is 21 times larger than that of CO2. If methane is burned (in an internal combustion engine or boiler) then it is transformed into thermal energy and CO2, whose potential is 20 times lower than that of methane!

Any decomposition of organic matter outdoors or in inadequate conditions produces and releases large quantities of methane, of course with consequent environmental damage. The production of biogas (and therefore methane) through industrial biogas plants reduces the damage that untreated waste causes to the environment.

Am I interested in your services? Which are the next steps?

Contact us and tell us as much as you can about your company and your waste. At no cost we will do a calculation for you to inform you if your project is viable.

Keep in mind that any technical data you already have can help reduce the cost of characterizing your waste at later stages.

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What is a (bio)process?

The definition of bioprocesses is found within the concept of Biotechnology: “Biotechnology is the use of living organisms or part of them to obtain a product or service useful to man.” Meanwhile, a bioprocess is “a process that involves methods from chemical engineering to biotechnological processes.”

Bioprocesses can be applied to obtain products that will be used by humans in human and animal health (antioxidants, anti-inflammatories), chemical industry (enzymes), fermentation industries (alcohols), in agriculture and food (biocontrollers, dyes). , in the environment (pollutant degraders) or to obtain energy (biofuels) and in the pharmaceutical industry (antibiotics).

For this, this requires the application of different biotechnological techniques: molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, process engineering, tissue culture, chemistry and biology.

What benefits does DIOXI bring to bioprocesses?

DIOXI allows you to control cultures of yeast, bacteria, algae, animal cells, insect cells, among others. Therefore, it is suitable for use in all types of laboratories, whether for academic research or for the private sector in R&D and/or pilot or industrial scale production.

Am I interested in your services? Which are the next steps?

Contact us and tell us as much as you can about your company and your (bio)process. At no cost we will do a calculation for you to inform you if your project is viable.

Keep in mind that any technical data you already have can help reduce the cost of characterizing your (bio)process in later stages.

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