Water, Air, & Soil Pollution: Focus

, Volume 9, Issue 1–2, pp 89–97 | Cite as

A New and Sound Technology for Biogas from Solid Waste and Biomass

  • G. BuschEmail author
  • J. Großmann
  • M. Sieber
  • M. Burkhardt


Organic waste, as a main constituent of municipal solid waste, has as well as solid biomass a high potential for biogas generation. Despite the importance of biogas generation from these materials, the availability of large-scale biogas processes lacks behind the demand. A newly developed double-stage solid–liquid biogas process, consisting of an open hydrolysis stage and a fixed-bed methane reactor, allows the biogas production from almost all biodegradable solid waste and renewable resources like maize, grass, sugar cane, etc. Furthermore, residues from industrial processes, like the glycerine waste water from biodiesel production, can also be converted into biogas successfully. Due to the strong separation of hydrolysis and methanation, the process is extremely stable. No malfunction has been detected so far. The open hydrolysis releases CO2 and allows oxidation of sulfur. Consequently, the biogas has a high methane (>72%) and low H2S concentration (<100 ppm). Stirrers or other agitation equipment are not necessary; only liquids are pumped. The biogas generation becomes controllable for the first time; thus, the actual generation can be easily adapted to the consumption.


Biogas Municipal solid waste treatment Renewable resources Renewable energy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Busch
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. Großmann
    • 2
  • M. Sieber
    • 1
  • M. Burkhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Waste ManagementBrandenburg University of TechnologyCottbusGermany
  2. 2.GICON Consulting EngineersDresdenGermany

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