bio·​gas | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌgas How to pronounce biogas (audio) \

Definition of biogas

: a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the bacterial decomposition of organic wastes and used as a fuel

Examples of biogas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wastewater treatment plants, landfills and dairy farms have captured and used biogenic methane as an energy resource for decades, in a form usually called biogas. Emily Grubert, The Conversation, "‘Renewable’ natural gas may sound green, but it’s not an antidote for climate change," 6 July 2020 The bill would also create an incentive for energy storage, waste energy technologies, and qualifying biogas projects. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "House Democrats include wind and solar tax credit extensions in sweeping infrastructure bill," 22 June 2020 San Pedro is, rightly so, protective of its surroundings: In 2016 the winery became the first in the world to convert all of its organic harvest waste into energy using a biogas plant. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "A 3-Day Road Trip Through Chile's Wine Country," 11 May 2020 Residents compost food scraps alongside their recycling bins, and the Love Food, Not Waste program allows people and businesses to turn their food waste into communal compost and biogas. Kate Wertheimer, Sunset Magazine, "These Eight Towns Are Exceptionally Committed to Sustainability," 8 Apr. 2020 More than a third of residential waste consists of food waste and yard refuse, organic materials that could be separated out, composted and turned into fertilizers or biogas, city officials say. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "Mandatory Composting in New York? It Could Happen," 12 Mar. 2020 Finally, the report includes sewage and manure digesters producing biogas. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what it could cost for California to hit zero-emissions goal," 4 Feb. 2020 City officials decided in 2017, however, that upgrading the system at the Theresa Street plant and selling the biogas locally or nationally would provide a greater return on investment. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020 The city’s current contracts with composting and biogas facilities can handle a modest two hundred and fifty tons a day. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability," 2 Mar. 2020

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2020

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“Biogas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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