14. Biogas

  1. Christian Kennes and
  2. María C. Veiga
  1. Marta Ben,
  2. Christian Kennes and
  3. María C. Veiga

Published Online: 13 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch14

Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy

Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy

How to Cite

Ben, M., Kennes, C. and Veiga, M. C. (2013) Biogas, in Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy (eds C. Kennes and M. C. Veiga), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch14

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of La Coruña, Spain

Author Information

  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of La Coruña, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119943310

Online ISBN: 9781118523360

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Keywords:

  • Acetogenesis;
  • Acidogenesis;
  • biofuels;
  • methanogens;
  • renewable energy;
  • solid waste

Summary

Because of the increasing shortage of fossil fuels as energy sources, combined with concerns about their environmental impact, there is a growing interest in alternative and renewable energy sources. Rapid industrialization has resulted in the generation of a large quantity of organic wastes, which if treated adequatly, can be used as feedstock for the production of alternative (bio)fuels. Recently, considerable attention has been paid to the development of reactors for anaerobic treatment of wastes leading to the conversion of organic matter into biogas. Anaerobic digestion is a biological process which depends, among other factors, on the environmental conditions, the operational parameters of the reactor and the substrate fed to the reactor. This chapter reviews the anaerobic digestion of solid wastes. It describes the different reactors that can be used and gives an overview of parameters that affect the efficiency of the process.