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Online Courses for Biogas

Industrials Lesson 1 of 4: Key Challenges To Advance the Sector

Lesson 1 of 4 movie about “Biogas Industry: Key Challenges To Advance the Sector”. (Transcript included) With the vision to fully harness this potential, a real industry has grown around industrial biogas plants that use anaerobic digestion to generate renewable electricity, vehicle fuel and natural gas from abundant biowaste and biomass. Over the last few decades, this industry has grown rapidly, counting now more than 14,500 digesters in operation in Europe and an ever increasing number of digesters in the rest of world. We can say we’ve come far, but when it comes to maximising efficiency and profitability, we still have a long way to go.

Industrials Lesson 2 of 4: How can Smart Instruments Help Us with Feedstock-related Challenges

Lesson 2 of 4 movie about “How can Smart Instruments Help Us with Feedstock-related Challenges”. (Transcript included) The use of smart instruments to analyse feedstock characteristics can make the selection and management processes much easier. The type of raw material used in your biogas plant has much influence on how the plant operates. Let’s look at the three main feedstock challenges biogas plants face today.

Industrials Lesson 3 of 4: How can Smart Instruments Help Us with Process-related Challenges

Lesson 3 of 4 movie about “How can Smart Instruments Help Us with Process-related Challenges”. (Transcript included) Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a complex process. We still know very little about the different microorganisms involved, or how they interact with each other. Even the slightest disturbance, such as varying feedstock quality or quantity, can disrupt their activity. Let’s take a closer look at how a lack of information and understanding can impact the plant operation.

Industrials Lesson 4 of 4: Transforming the Anaerobic Digestion Industry with Smart Tools

Lesson 4 of 4 movie about “Transforming the Anaerobic Digestion Industry with Smart Tools”. (Transcript included) You’ve finished the course. Well done! Visit links below for the academic lesson 1 to 4.

Academics Lesson 1 of 4: Most Common Process Challenges within the Field of Anaerobic Digestion

Lesson 1 of 4 movie about “Most Common Process Challenges in the Field of Anaerobic Digestion”. (Transcript included) Let’s begin with Lesson 1 – We’re looking here at four key technical challenges we face today with the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) process, which limit the efficiency of day-to-day operations.

Academics Lesson 2 of 4: Two Methodologies That Address These Challenges Today

Lesson 2 of 4 movie about “Most Common Process Challenges in the Field of Anaerobic Digestion”. (Transcript included) We have at our disposal two popular ways to meet the challenges we came across in lesson one: batch and continuous fermentation tests. While both tests differ in their purpose and application, they both simulate the anaerobic digestion process on a smaller scale. Let’s look at how batch and continuous tests work, what they do, and the benefits and drawbacks of each method.

Academics Lesson 3 of 4: Current Limitations with Batch and Continuous Fermentation Tests

Lesson 3 of 4 movie about “Most Common Process Challenges in the Field of Anaerobic Digestion”. (Transcript included) Although the two methodologies presented in Lesson 2 show significant potential in helping researchers accomplish their characterisation objectives, there are a number of limiting factors that compromise their usability. Let’s take a closer look at the challenges you may encounter as a researcher:

Academics Lesson 4 of 4: Keys to Improving the Batch and Continuous Fermentation Tests

Lesson 4 of 4 movie about “Most Common Process Challenges in the Field of Anaerobic Digestion”. (Transcript included) The limitations we face with both continuous and batch tests are holding us back – slowing down research and limiting the advancement of the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) sector in general. In this Lesson, we present three fundamental solutions that can improve the impact of these tests, while reducing the time, labour and skills required in the context of academic applications. 

You’ve finished the entire course. Well done!