http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.89Change: -0.09
R/$ = 12.72Change: -0.21
Au 1086.46 $/ozChange: -9.03
Pt 983.00 $/ozChange: -2.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 30, 2012

Biogas-from-sludge solution could yield power savings for water plants

Back
Africa|Cleaning|Engines|Gas|Generators|Projects|Waste|Water|WEC Projects|Africa|South Africa|By-product|Chemical Compounds|Cleaning|Electricity|Electricity Grid|Energy|Energy-generation Potential|Fuel Gas Engine Generators|Maintenance|Possible Electricity Saving|Product|Jason Gifford|Power|Waste|Water|Operations|Wastewater Treatment
Africa|Cleaning|Engines|Gas|Generators|Projects|Waste|Water||Africa||Cleaning|Energy|Maintenance||Power|Waste|Water|Operations|
africa-company|cleaning-company|engines|gas|generators|projects|waste-company|water-company|wec-projects|africa|south-africa|byproduct|chemical-compounds|cleaning|electricity|electricity-grid|energy|energy-generation-potential-industry-term|fuel-gas-engine-generators|maintenance|possible-electricity-saving|product|jason-gifford|power|waste|water|operations|wastewater-treatment
© Reuse this



Aconsiderable 30 MW a year could poten- tially be saved at South African waste- water treatment plants should the methane-rich biogas emitted as a by-product be exploited for its energy-generation potential.

Jason Gifford, spokesperson for the Energy Division of WEC Projects, a firm which is implementing South Africa’s first biogas-to-power plant at a municipal wastewater treatment works, explains that biogas produced during the sewage treatment process has the potential to reduce the plant’s dependence on the national electricity grid.

“Biogas can be used to fuel gas engine generators at treatment works and provide a percentage of the electricity these plants use for operation,” he explains.

Considering that there are around 50 major municipalities in South Africa with a wastewater treatment plant large enough to operate an effective biogas plant, 30 MW is a conserva- tive estimate of the possible electricity saving.

Treatment plants traditionally use a natural process, known as anaerobic digestion, which involves the decomposition of organic matter in the absence of oxygen, to convert a large proportion of the solid sewage sludge, produced in the mainstream treatment processes, into biogas.

Following anaerobic digestion, the biogas produced is termed raw fuel, as it contains water, hydrogen sulphide as well as a variety of volatile organic and chemical compounds that can damage the moving parts in engines.

“For biogas to be an effective fuel, it therefore needs to be conditioned and have these contami- nants removed to ensure long-term sustainability of the plant engine and a lower overall running cost,” says Gifford.

A biogas-to-power plant may provide wastewater treatment works with an on-site energy source that could enable it to offset a portion of its running costs.

Critically, Gifford emphasises that, as the mandate of municipal water works is not to generate electricity, but to clean wastewater, it is important to outsource the running of biogas- to-power plants to specialised contractors.

“In certain international cases, the function of biogas-to-energy operations at water works has exceeded the initial mandate of cleaning effluent and has become the primary focus of the entire plant, resulting in a deterioration of the quality of the treated effluent,” he notes.

Gifford adds that the true financial benefit of municipal biogas plants is evident when savings are not lost to other divisions within the municipality, but reinvested into the effluent treatment works for maintenance and upgrade.

In addition, he says, the cost of a fully commissioned biogas-to-power operation, including full automation and remote monitoring, can be recouped after four to seven years, making it a financially viable long-term energy option.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Oil and Gas News
Not only were new oil and gas (O&G) discoveries in East Africa a catalyst for investment into road, rail and pipeline infrastructure, but they also contributed to the region’s economic growth, with growth of 5.5% projected for this year and an estimated 6% to 7% for...
South Africa-focused Sunbird Energy on Wednesday confirmed that it had received a takeover offer from South African power infrastructure company Glendal Power. The company told shareholders that a trading halt had been necessitated on July 27, after the company...
Zambia has increased imports of finished petroleum products to prevent a fuel shortage as its only oil refinery is expected to persistently break down, its energy minister said on Tuesday. Zambia's 24 000 bl/d Indeni refinery was shut on July 14 after it was fed...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 10 minutes ago Plans to set up the first four-week Operation Phakisa mining laboratory to identify and resolve the challenges plaguing South Africa’s mining sector has been given the Cabinet go-ahead. The Operation Phakisa mining lab, which would get under way in October, would...
Updated 16 minutes ago At least 71% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) consider load-shedding the biggest external threat to their businesses this year.
Updated 30 minutes ago Western Cape winery Audacia on Thursday launched its sulphite-free white wine made using Honeybush and Rooibos chips, and it is developing a low-sugar, low-alcohol wine. Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde noted that the products were a boost for...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Meyerton-based steel tank manufacturer Structa Technology is currently rolling out a water infrastructure build programme that supports local municipalities, water utilities, schools, hospitals and clinics.
Alternative funding models could be expected to begin coming to the fore in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector as the market becomes more competitive and domestic development finance institutions (DFIs) begin scaling back their direct involvement in projects....
DIMITRI MARKOULIDES An innovation champion must involve employees in innovation projects and keep them updated to enable them to support and drive innovation and create the future of the business
An innovation champion course that trains executives to manage innovation in their organisations aims to help companies grow revenue streams and tap new markets, says business change management consultancy BMGI South Africa innovation practice lead Dimitri...
Future digital workplaces will require employees to continuously learn new “literacies”, including new media, information and technical skills, to help their company thrive and spur personal growth. Information technology (IT) research firm Gartner, thus, suggests...
Only 25% of large construction projects surveyed in KPMG’s Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey, released in June, were concluded on time and within budget over the last three years. “Every project owner wants predictability when it comes to large projects, and...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96