Canadian Biogas: Technology Status, Issues and Opportunities
Thursday, May 6, 12-1 p.m.
Lunch and learn.
Environmental biotechnology develops bioprocesses for waste treatment, nutrient extraction and recycling, bioenergy generation, and value-added chemicals production. Municipal, industrial, livestock and agricultural waste are increasing with the human population. Organic waste is now envisioned as a resource containing all the required nutrients for life (C, O, H, N, S, P. and other micronutrients). Therefore, it could be processed using a biocatalyst to produce a variety of useful products: organic acids, alcohols, combustible gases (methane and hydrogen), electricity, and cell protein.
Microorganisms perform two important natural processes: catabolism of complex organic material into simple elements to derive energy for growth, and anabolism by which these simple elements are used to build new cell biomass. Both processes generate some useful by-products. Although biogas, ethanol, butanol, and even electricity are currently produced from waste through bioprocesses the current technologies still need more research and development to address challenges evolving from the impact of climate change and the demand for bio-based economy.
The seminar will highlight harnessing microorganisms to produce biogas in harsh conditions (psychrophilic and dry) to decrease the cost of production per unit of product and develop technology suitable for cold and/or arid regions. Hard-to-treat and high-nitrogen waste such as lipid, fats, and lignocellulosic fiber (including slaughterhouse waste, dairy industry waste, livestock manure, and food processing wastes) are untapped resources which require innovation in biogas technology. The presentation will outline the current status of the Canadian biogas market and its opportunities and challenges.
Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-02:30) Newfoundland
Meeting number: 132 705 8071
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