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Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 109, Issue 1–3, pp 263–274 | Cite as

Production and energetic use of biogas from energy crops and wastes in Germany

  • Peter Weiland
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Abstract

The production of biogas for reducing fossil CO2 emissions is one of the key strategic issues of the German government and has resulted in the development of new process techniques and new technologies for the energetic use of biogas. Progress has been made in cultivating energy crops for biogas production, in using new reactor systems for anaerobic digestion, and in applying more efficient technologies for combined heat and power production. Recently, integration of fuel cells within the anaerobic digestion process was started, and new technologies for biogas upgrading and conversion to hydrogen were tested. This article describes the trends in Germany for achieving more efficient energy production.

Index Entries

Biogas production biogas processes digestion systems energy crops fuel cells 

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© Humana Press Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Weiland
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  1. 1.Institute of Technology and Biosystems EngineeringFederal Agricultural Research Centre (FAL)BraunschweigGermany

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