Biogas is a renewable energy source that can be used as an alternative to natural gas. The production of biogas involves the utilization of microorganisms to break down biomass (organic matter such as food or animal waste) in an oxygen-free environment. This process is known as anaerobic digestion. Because the main components of biogas are methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2), it is used to produce sales-quality fuel (known as biomethane) that can replace natural gas.
The production of biogas comes with challenges. Biogas can often contain significant amounts of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), an extremely toxic and explosive gas with an odor much like rotten eggs. Exposure to H2S at levels as low as 500 PPM can be fatal. In order to safely and responsibly produce sales-quality fuel from biogas, the H2S must be monitored and removed.
Applied Analytics has released a biogas industry webpage which clearly depicts our capabilities and analytical solutions. This new content includes a flow diagram of biogas industry and shows the measurement points of interest with descriptions and pictures of our equipment.