Operational study and simulation of a biogas upgrading plant

S. O. Masebinu, A. O. Aboyade, E. Muzenda

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Abstract

The drive for finding alternative energy to supplement fossil based fuel within the South African energy sector has led to research on waste to energy in particular biomethane as vehicular fuels. Biogas is produced from the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter with 40-70% vol. of methane. Biogas if upgraded, by removing the non-combustible component, can achieve 99% methane concentration which makes it a potent vehicle fuel and a direct substitute to natural gas. In this paper, a biogas upgrading plant operation that uses gas permeation technique for methane enrichment of biogas was studied and simulated. The effect of recycling permeate stream on methane recovery was studied. Recycling of the permeate stream improved the methane recovery of the simulated process by 18%. The overall methane recovery of the simulated process is 81.23%.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014
PublisherNewswood Limited
Pages1006-1012
Number of pages7
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9789881925350
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventWorld Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 2 2014Jul 4 2014

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OtherWorld Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period7/2/147/4/14

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Biogas
Methane
Recovery
Recycling
Permeation
Biological materials
Natural gas
Decomposition
Gases

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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Masebinu, S. O., Aboyade, A. O., & Muzenda, E. (2014). Operational study and simulation of a biogas upgrading plant. In World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014 (Vol. 2, pp. 1006-1012). Newswood Limited.
Masebinu, S. O. ; Aboyade, A. O. ; Muzenda, E. / Operational study and simulation of a biogas upgrading plant. World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014. Vol. 2 Newswood Limited, 2014. pp. 1006-1012
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Masebinu, SO, Aboyade, AO & Muzenda, E 2014, Operational study and simulation of a biogas upgrading plant. in World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014. vol. 2, Newswood Limited, pp. 1006-1012, World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014, London, United Kingdom, 7/2/14.

Operational study and simulation of a biogas upgrading plant. / Masebinu, S. O.; Aboyade, A. O.; Muzenda, E.

World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014. Vol. 2 Newswood Limited, 2014. p. 1006-1012.

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Masebinu SO, Aboyade AO, Muzenda E. Operational study and simulation of a biogas upgrading plant. In World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2014. Vol. 2. Newswood Limited. 2014. p. 1006-1012