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Abstract

This report is an Executive Summary of the results of a study of the technology of anaerobic fermentation, applied to waste products in relation to energy saving (primary energy needs) within the Community. Specific interests in individual Community countries and factors which may affect the implementation of anaerobic fermentation techniques have been considered. The technology review shows that the efficiency of biogas production has advanced little over the last 3 to 5 years. Most current research is aimed at improving this performance either from a better understanding of the microbiological - biochemical processes involved or by improvements in plant design. From estimates of available wastes, it is concluded that the maximum possible energy contribution that anaerobic digestion could make is no more than 3 % of the Community's primary energy demand. However, in practical terms, (transport, preprocessing storage, etc.) the net benefits will be marginal. Overall the real value of anaerobic digestion lies with its environmental applications.

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Authors: ANDERTON M F, INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE (UK);GIBBS D F INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE (UK), INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 8906 EN (1984) MF, 168 P., BFR 240, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003 BLOW- UP COPY BFR 840.
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