Alternative power sources in high demand
We cannot afford not to capture and utilise methane (C4) which is a powerful greenhouse gas much more harmful than CO2.
The demand for alternative power sources has increased. One of these renewable energy sources includes the use of Biogas. Not only is Biogas one of the most efficient and effective renewable energy possibilities available, but also requires less capital investment when compared to other renewable sources.
ECOR Cleaning Biogas Solutions
At ECOR, we have designed and developed a self-sustainable Biogas renewable plant which deals with organic waste and produces life changing by-products such as methane gas, electricity, water, high quality ground conditioner (fertiliser) and fish feed for Aqua Culture. We intend to firstly get rid of toxic waste and secondly to supplement electricity.
The Anaerobic Digester Reactor (ADR) was designed and developed over a period of 10 years. We have managed to digest more organic feedstock in a shorter period – Hydraulic Retention Time (HRT).
This results in more gas and electricity from the same amount of organic waste. Due to the complete decomposition and digestion, we’ve experienced little or no significant digestate left after Biofilters Treatment.
- Ever increasing population totals, increased demands on existing resources, and the pressure to provide basic needs has placed significant pressure on South Africa in terms of waste management.
- Couple to this, the rejection of common waste management practices by environmental lobbyists has made the disposal of various waste streams a lot more difficult.
- There’s a definite trend towards reducing landfills and finding alternative disposal methods, such as recycling and alternative treatment methods. In terms of waste prevention, education and awareness there is a growing trend and is vital if we are to build a common understanding of the importance of waste management.
- The construction of more fossil fuel power stations is the world’s short-term solution to electricity production, which only provides long-term negative consequences to a long-term electricity dilemma.
- Data collected throughout the world shows extreme inconsistencies over the past 5 years on the average cost of fuel. A general upward trend in the price per barrel of crude oil over the past 10 years is also a major concern. In South Africa, Eskom is building 2 new fossil fuel power stations and another 2 are in the planning stages. The cost of coal transport is an additional burden on the already loaded electricity price.
- All this information contributed to our team’s focus on energy supply as well as two major concerns surrounding this issue:
1. Financial instability of energy costs
2. The environmental consequences of burning fossil fuels
- ECOR proposes the generation of energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of organic waste.
- ECOR has a smart and unique technology that uses one problem (waste management) to resolve another problem (energy crisis).
- Biogas is the mixture of gas produced by methanogenic bacteria while acting upon biodegradable materials in an anaerobic condition. This gas is principally composed of Methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Methane is virtually odourless and colourless after conditioned and scrubbed, burns with a smokeless clear blue flame and is non-toxic.
- Capturing and utilising methane gas will prevent Greenhouse gases from escaping, which is far more harmful than CO2.
- The main challenge is to harness the energy source which is environmentally friendly and ecologically balanced. This need has forced us to search for an alternative source of energy. At the present moment, biogas energy is easily available and economically feasible source of alternative, renewable energy.
- Biogas can contribute to replace fossil fuels, reducing the emission of Greenhouse Gasses (GHG) and other harmful emissions; by tapping into a biogas plant using it as a source of energy, harmful effects of methane on the biosphere are reduced.
- Some industries, estates, agricultural, abattoirs, sewage works etc. can, by processing their waste in a biogas plant, fulfill legal obligations of waste disposal while at the same time generating energy for production processes, lighting or heating.
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