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Reference Number EP/M028208/1
Title Biomethanisation of CO2 in anaerobic digestion plants
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen end uses (incl. combustion; excl. fuel cells)) 25%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Production of other biomass-derived fuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor C (Charles ) Banks
No email address given
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2015
End Date 31 December 2019
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £1,852,567
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing; Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Region South East
Programme Manufacturing : Manufacturing
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor C (Charles ) Banks , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Professor M Pourkashanian , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr W Nimmo , Energy Resources Research Unit, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Dr S (Sonia ) Heaven , Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Dr Y Zhang , School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton (0.001%)
Professor J Thomas-Oates , Chemistry, University of York (0.001%)
Dr JP Chong , Biology, University of York (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , United Utilities PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , ITM Power PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , Fera Science Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lutra Limited (0.000%)
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Abstract The research will create a hybrid anaerobic digestion process in which hydrogen made from renewable energy sources (e.g. wind and photovoltaics) is used to produce biomethane at more than 95% purity. The process therefore provides an efficient in situ biogas upgrading technique which will maximise the conversion of the available carbon in waste biomass into a fuel product that has a wide range of applications, including short-term storage for grid balancing and use as a vehicle fuel. The process is likely to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable than current methods for biogas upgrading as there is reduced process loss of methane. The target is to develop the system for use in the water industry where there is a large potential to integrate it into existing infrastructure and to maximise the use of process heat and other by-products. A second targeted application is at a smaller scale on farms, where there is an abundant supply of waste biomass and a lack of suitable biogas upgrading plant
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Added to Database 08/04/15