Welle Biogas Solutions
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Riverview II, 18th Floor
Cambridge, Mass. 02142
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Biogas is a highly renewable fuel that offers many advantages for our economy and our planet. It’s made from organic waste, which can include food scraps, animal manure, waste water or other liquid or solid matter. Through a natural process called anaerobic digestion, tiny microbes break down organic matter is broken down, creating methane gas that can be converted into renewable natural gas, or into clean electricity through a process known as combined heat and power exchange.
Biogas also offers a host of valuable byproducts: liquid fertilizers, animal bedding and compost, among others. Biogas systems help recover nutrients and organic matter that would otherwise end up in our waterways and landfills. Because of this, biogas is a critical piece of the Circular Economy, which is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.
The potential for biogas systems in the United States has yet to be tapped. Here’s what the American Biogas Council has to say about it: “We count 14,958 new sites ripe for development today: 8,574 dairy, poultry, and swine farms and 3,878 water resource recovery facilities (including ~380 who are making biogas but not using it) could support new biogas systems, plus 2,036 food scrap-only systems and utilizing the gas at 415 landfills who are flaring their gas.”