7 Apr 2014

Biogas-An Environmental Friendly Renewable Energy Resource

Erin Chang writes:*

Recently, some people propose to generate electricity from biogas rather than nuclear fission or fossil fuel. Biogas mainly contains methane, which is a high energy source, that can be generate electricity via a process called biogas upgrading. Moreover, the recent combined heat and power (CHP) technology can enhance the biogas utilization in order to achieve higher energy conversion efficiency. Biogas is not just environmental but also economical friendly because it is a collection of the high energy gases from the decomposition of agricultural crops, manure, and biowaste. After the decomposition, the material reminded can be used as a good quality fertilizer. Instead of concerning about the nuclear leak and toxicity of fossil fuel, biogas is a way safer and people do not need to concern about its safety. Therefore, it is time to promote biogas as mainly energy resource.

Bottom Line: As a renewable resource, biogas could replace nuclear fission or fossil fuel to generate electricity.

* These guest posts are from students in my resource economics class at Simon Fraser University. Please leave feedback on their logic, ideas and style and suggestions of how to improve.