The Environmental Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion

The Earth is facing unprecedented environmental challenges on a global scale. According to The World Counts, our planet could run out of rain forests in 2100, food in 2050, fish in 2048, and water in 2040. Poor waste management and greenhouse gas production are the biggest threats to the environment.

In this article, we’ll talk about anaerobic digestion and its environmental benefits. Let’s get started!

What is Anaerobic digestion?

Anaerobic digestion is a process by which bacteria (microorganisms) break down biodegradable material (organic matter)—without oxygen. The bacteria generate biogas, which contains a large percentage of methane, the primary component of natural gas. The process is primarily designed to manage waste and produce fuels for industrial purposes.

Here are the environmental benefits of anaerobic digestion:

The Environmental Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion

Renewable Energy Generation

The anaerobic digestion process creates biogas, which is a renewable source of energy that can be used for different purposes.

The biogas can be converted into electricity to power engines and generators. Moreover, it can be compressed to be used as a liquid fuel and treated for use as a substitute for natural gas.

Renewable energy resources provide the highest environmental benefit by minimizing the emissions associated with traditional sources.

A biofuel power plant that converts biogas into renewable energy

 

Methane Emissions Reduction

The anaerobic digestion process allows for capturing methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas that can harm the environment.

Methane has more than 20 times the heat-trapping potential of C02 over 100 years.

Therefore, the United States Environmental Protection Agency promotes the use of processes like anaerobic digestion to minimize methane emissions in the environment.

Better Recycle Management

The anaerobic digestion process also facilitates improved recycle management.

Using the process, the nutrients can be recycled on farms, which allow the development of an environmentally sustainable food production system.

In addition to that, the process also enables the treatment of food waste from grocery stores and restaurants, which end up in landfills and harm the environment.

About the company

Headquartered in Rochester, New York, Larsen Engineers is a multi-disciplinary firm with six decades of experience in civil, transportation, and environmental projects. The company provides an environmentally sound solution to treat high strength waste and generate renewable energy, including anaerobic digesters service, which includes analysis, design, funding, implementation, and management.

Call 585-272-7310 or visit www.Larsen-Engineers.com for more details on their services.

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