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A spreadsheet calculator for estimating biogas production and economic measures for UK-based farm-fed anaerobic digesters

Wu, A, Lovett, D, McEwan, M, Cecelja, F and Chen, T (2016) A spreadsheet calculator for estimating biogas production and economic measures for UK-based farm-fed anaerobic digesters Bioresource Technology, 220 (Nov). pp. 479-489.

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Abstract

This paper presents a spreadsheet calculator to estimate biogas production and the operational revenue and costs for UK-based farm-fed anaerobic digesters. There exist sophisticated biogas production models in published literature, but the application of these in farm-fed anaerobic digesters is often impractical. This is due to the limited measuring devices, financial constraints, and the operators being non-experts in anaerobic digestion. The proposed biogas production model is designed to use the measured process variables typically available at farm-fed digesters, accounting for the effects of retention time, temperature and imperfect mixing. The estimation of the operational revenue and costs allow the owners to assess the most profitable approach to run the process. This would support the sustained use of the technology. The calculator is first compared with literature reported data, and then applied to the digester unit on a UK Farm to demonstrate its use in a practical setting.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Chemical & Process Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Chemical and Process Engineering
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Wu, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lovett, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
McEwan, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cecelja, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chen, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 31 August 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.08.103
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Anaerobic digestion; Biogas production estimation; Economic calculator; Mathematical modelling
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 30 Aug 2016 15:54
Last Modified : 30 Nov 2016 17:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811915

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