Managing Biogas Plants: A Practical Guide

Mario Alejandro Rosato

CRC Press
Published August 22, 2017
Reference - 274 Pages - 119 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138626614 - CAT# K31875
Series: Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

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  • Keeps theory to a minimum without sacrificing scientific rigor
  • Teaches readers how to minimize investment costs and perform laboratory measures with professional quality by employing inexpensive and simple instruments
  • Guides readers step by step along a series of methods and tricks to optimize any biogas plant’s biological process in real time, independently from expensive external laboratories.
  • Explains how to diagnose and correct issues in order to maintain healthy bacteria
  • Shows readers how to calculate the maximum methane yield from any feedstock, allowing them to ensure they pay a fair price for a given biomass
  • Contains real-world case studies


This practical manual provides basic theoretical knowledge about fermentative processes, biochemical laboratory techniques, and an arsenal of practical tricks, recipes, do’s, and don’ts for the biogas plant manager. It explains why some popular tests and techniques are unreliable, how to optimize the feedstock’s cost and the energy self-consumption of the digester, and how to analyze experimental error propagation and judge whether a marketing claim or a test result from the literature is correct. All examples are taken from the author’s experience as consultant in managing biogas plants in Italy and Spain. It features a glossary of technical jargon and useful reference tables and formulae. By following the procedures described in this manual, anybody can learn in short time how to become a "bacteria farmer."