Biomass assessments are an important precursor to setting up biogas plants as they help evaluate and quantify available biomass resources that can be used as feedstock.
The first step is to identify and categorize available biomass sources like food waste, livestock manure, sewage sludge, and the remains of energy crops like maize or switchgrass after harvesting. This is followed by estimating the quantity or volume of biomass produced annually, such as tons of crop residues or gallons of sewage sludge.
The next step is to assess the composition of the biomass, including its moisture and organic matter content, carbon-to-nitrogen ratio, and other parameters that influence the quality of biogas produced.
An important step in biomass assessment is evaluating the logistics and transportation requirements for collecting and delivering biomass feedstock to biogas facilities, including considerations for storage and handling.
Finally, we analyze the economic feasibility of using specific biomass resources for biogas production, by taking into account costs associated with collection, transportation, processing, and conversion to biogas.