Monitoring and Measuring with Biogas Flow Meter

Biogas, a byproduct of decomposition can be produced through anaerobic digestion and create renewable energy. Between the desire to create alternative energy sources to achieve energy independence and the need to meet greenhouse gas protocols, monitoring and measuring biogas is essential.

Biogas Digester for Renewable Energy

Biogas Flow Meter for measuring digester gas
Anaerobic digester gas is dirty, wet and contains contaminants which can collect within the piping. A thermal mass flow meter has no moving parts making it an optimum choice for this application.

Biogas is produced when organic matter such as household food waste, plant matter, or industrial waste decomposes in the absence of oxygen. This may take place in an anaerobic digester to produce biogas. Biogas is primarily a mixture of methane (about 70%) and carbon dioxide (about 30%). The complete biogas production process involves gas creation, cleansing, storage and ultimately the use of biogas as a fuel source for heating or generating electricity.

Measure Biogas using Thermal Flow Meter

The Sage Biogas Flow Meter serves as an integral part for the safety of this process, whether involved with food processing, fermentation towers, or slaughterhouses. Measuring biogas flow at several points in the system provides operators with critical information for optimal gas production, control, and safety. Furthermore, many recovery systems comply with greenhouse gas protocols such as the Organic Waste Project Protocol and the KYOTO Protocols, both of which require biogas measurement. Such requirements include Certified Emission Reductions (CER), a credit system, and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which encourage investment in sustainable development projects to reduce emissions. Sage Thermal Mass Flow Meters help quantify the captured emissions by measuring the mass flow rate, even at very low flows, and by providing a very easy way.

More information on using biogas flow meters to measure greenhouse gas emissions can be found in “Greenhouse gas emissions reporting regulations.

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