The concept of Biogas is exciting. With the right information and guidance, businesses and individuals could be saving thousands of euro per annum. ORS offer feasibility, design, planning, permitting, licensing, validation and project management services on bioenergy projects all under one roof.
Many businesses produce substantial volumes of waste (e.g. wood waste in joineries and workshops) that could be harnessed to generate cheap heat and electricity or both.
The benefits of waste to energy include energy cost savings and solutions to waste management and environmental problems. Dry wastes can be combusted or gasified to produce heat and power. Wet wastes can be processed to biogas by anaerobic digestion.
Advanced thermal conversion technologies such as gasification and pyrolysis offer efficient, low emission solutions for energy from municipal and industrial solid waste. Given the lack of public acceptance of incineration plants in Ireland, these technologies offer a useful alternative.
ORS has established itself as the leading company in the country with respect to knowledge, feasibilities, planning applications, environmental reporting / EIS, funding and feedstock procurement. We are working on in excess of 20 anaerobic digestion facilities at various stages of development from feasibility, planning and construction stages.
One of the main environmental problems of today’s society is the continuously increasing production of organic wastes. In many countries, sustainable waste management as well as waste prevention and reduction have become major political priorities, representing an important share of the common efforts to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate global climate changes.
Uncontrolled waste dumping is no longer acceptable today and even controlled landfill disposal and incineration of organic wastes are not considered optimal practices, as environmental standards hereof are increasingly stricter and energy recovery and recycling of nutrients and organic matter is aimed.
Production of biogas through anaerobic digestion (AD) of animal manure and slurries as well as of a wide range of digestible organic wastes, converts these substrates into renewable energy and offers a natural fertiliser for agriculture. At the same time, it removes the organic fraction from the overall waste streams, increasing this way the efficiency of energy conversion by incineration of the remaining wastes and the biochemical stability of landfill sites.
AD is a microbiological process of decomposition of organic matter, in the absence of oxygen, common to many natural environments and largely applied today to produce biogas in airproof reactor tanks, commonly named digesters. A wide range of micro-organisms are involved in the anaerobic process which has two main end products: biogas and digestate. Biogas is a combustible gas consisting of methane, carbon dioxide and small amounts of other gases and trace elements. Digestate is the decomposed substrate, rich in macro- and micro nutrients and therefore suitable to be used as plant fertiliser.
It is assumed that there is capacity in Ireland for approximately 50MW worth of anaerobic digestion facilities. This would equate to approx. 70 AD plants ranging in size from 250Kw to 1MW in size.
Our services in this area include;
- Pre-Feasibility Studies
- Feedstock Assessments
- Feedstock Analysis
- Site Identification & Appraisal
- Biogas CHP Site Matching
- Project Management
- Environmental Consultancy
- Design Services
- Procurement Support