Website offers data on biogas production at US treatment plants

Information indicates about 1,200 plants produce biogas, but only about 300 generate power with it

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Biomas Magazine reports on a new website that provides data on anaerobic digestion and biogas at U.S. wastewater treatment plants. The North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) launched the site to help policymakers, project developers and water quality professionals and others collect information on biogas production potential.

Data collected from a variety of sources, including the U.S. EPA, shows that while about 1,200 of 3,300 major U.S. treatment plants produce biogas, only about 300 use it to generate electricity.

Website visitors can search a database for a treatment plant or browse alphabetically. Plant information listed includes location, design and average flows, whether the plant feeds waste from outside sources to its digesters, the type of digestion used, whether the gas is flared or used for heat or power, and the devices used to generate electricity.

The Water Environment Federation provided seed funding for the data gathering. Cambi, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, and the National Biosolids Partnership backed initial website development with in-kind contributions from project team members including American Biogas Council, Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association, NEBRA, Black & Veatch, and 350 Technologies. Visit http://www.biogasdata.org/.



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