Integration of Power to Methane in a Waste Water Treatment Plant: A Feasibility Study

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Abstract

The integration of a biomethanation system within a wastewater treatment plant for conversion of CO2 and H2 to CH4 has been studied. Results indicate that the CO2 could be utilised to produce an additional 13,420 m3 / day of CH4, equivalent to approximately 133,826 kWh of energy. The whole conversion process including electrolysis was found to have an energetic efficiency of 66.2 %. The currently un-optimised biomethanation element of the process had a parasitic load of 19.9 % of produced energy and strategies to reduce this to <5 % are identified. The system could provide strategic benefits such as integrated management of electricity and gas networks, energy storage and maximising the deployment and efficiency of renewable energy assets. However, no policy or financial frameworks exist to attribute value to these increasingly important functions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number048
Pages (from-to)1049-1057
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume245
Issue numberPart A
Early online date8 Sept 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Biomethanation
  • Power to Gas
  • Power to Methane
  • Biogas Upgrading
  • Grid Balancing

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