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

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Quantum BioPower can process 40,000 tons of organic waste from Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York to produce biogas, which can be used for electricity, renewable natural gas and transportation fuel. Don Stacom,, "Southington plant turns food waste to energy, owners say there’s lot of expansion room," 17 June 2019 But Bloom Energy, a San Jose company that manufactures fuel cells, argues renewable fuels such as biogas are expensive and in very limited supply in California. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Bloom Energy sues Santa Clara for undermining its technology," 13 June 2019 First, fuels such as biogas or ethanol would be extracted. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 The digester would produce fertilizer and methane, a renewable biogas that can be used to cook food and light homes. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Seattle Times, "Mount Everest is a ‘fecal time bomb.’ Here’s one man’s idea for handling 14 tons of human waste.," 7 Aug. 2018 Thailand has already suspended plans to buy power from another hydropower plant because of environmental concerns, while other power sources such as solar and biogas have become viable alternatives. James Hookway And Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "Construction Firms Scrambled to Prevent Laotian Dam’s Collapse," 25 July 2018 DeFeo said the Temple sewage should be going to a facility equipped with biogas cogeneration, an anaerobic process in which methane in sewage is made into fuel, making the initiative sustainable. Annabelle Williams,, "Temple's food waste digesters disrupting the industry or just 'shifting the burden'?," 27 June 2018 In total, 31 percent of consumption was met with wind, 24 percent with hydroelectric, 5 percent with biogas and 1.1 percent with photovoltaics. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Portugal is showing that ambitious renewable energy goals are within reach," 16 Apr. 2018 Potawatomi Attorney General Jeff Crawford said facility managers and tribal officials have been taking the violations seriously and shut down waste digesters and biogas-burning generators for two months last summer to find the cause of the problem. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Potawatomi's $20 million waste-to-energy plant violated wastewater permit with excessive discharges," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of biogas

1971, in the meaning defined above

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