How Biomass Feedstock Storage Can Be a Waste of Space

Biomass feedstock storage (for example installing a silage clamp) is a new subject that is rising rapidly in prominence, following the recent expansion in the number of anaerobic digestion plants.

Current low-cost designs can easily be a shocking waste of space.

This fact is becoming clear now that there are many anaerobic digestion plants in operation.

Their operators would like to improve their uptime and profitability, and by doing so to serve their biomass and biowaste suppliers better, and raise profitability. But already land availability often limits what can be done.

Storage of the feed materials for biogas plants is becoming a new requirement with its own challenges. This needs to be recognised and the standards needed for ordinary silage storage need to be revised and enhanced for the requirements of the biogas industry.

In fact with 400 anaerobic digestion plants now in operation in the UK as announced by the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) [in 2015] AD is an industry in the making:

“The [UK] anaerobic digestion (AD) industry recently celebrated the passing of a huge industry milestone, with the announcement that over 400 biogas plants are now in operation as a result of over 600 per cent growth outside the water sector over the past five years.”

wrote Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) in 2015.

And, also to provide a sense of the scale of this, she said:

“In total, the AD industry now delivers a combined electrical equivalent capacity (electricity and biomethane) of over 514 megawatts. Thta’s equivalent to the remaining capacity of one of the UK’s nuclear power plants, Wylfa, which is being decommissioned this year.

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