Total methane loss from biogas plants, determined by tracer dispersion measurements

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    Abstract

    Methane losses from biogas plants are problematic, since methane emitted into
    the atmosphere contributes to global warming, and any losses may thus reduce the
    environmental benefits of biogas production. A tracer gas dispersion method was used to
    measure total methane emissions from seven biogas plants, and more measurement
    campaigns are planned. Emissions varied between 1.3 and 13.4 (kg CH4 h-1), and losses
    expressed in percentages of production varied between 0.3 and 6.4%. The tracer gas
    dispersion method was found to be useful in quantifying total methane emissions from
    biogas plants, whereas the detection and quantification of individual leaks at the plants
    require other methods.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings Sardinia 2017
    Number of pages7
    Place of PublicationMargherita di Pula, Cagliari, Italy
    PublisherCISA Publisher
    Publication date2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventSardinia 2017, 16th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium - S. Margherita di Pula, Italy
    Duration: 2 Oct 20176 Oct 2017
    Conference number: 16

    Conference

    ConferenceSardinia 2017, 16th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium
    Number16
    Country/TerritoryItaly
    CityS. Margherita di Pula
    Period02/10/201706/10/2017

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