FAQ

Q?Is this any better than burning coal?
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The methane produced from non-renewable fossil fuel resources using Biogas Energy technologies is suitable for combustion in gas fired electricity generating stations. The production of electricity from methane generates much lower sulphur and particulate pollution and approximately half of the greenhouse gas emissions per unit of electricity generated in comparison with coal.

Q?Where can Biogas Energy technologies be employed?
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Biogas Energy have recognised that the majority of Australia’s coal reserves are not economical to mine. The in situ conversion of coal to methane enables access to these reserves. Biogas Energy technologies can be applied to abandoned coal mines and depleted coal seam wells with potential for reinvigoration.

Q?How do Biogas Energy technologies work?
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Coal is ancient condensed and reduced plant material that can be fermented by naturally occurring microbes to generate methane. Biogas Energy technologies support the activity of these microbes to generate methane from coal in real time. Our technologies are based on an understanding of the chemistry of coal, the nutritional requirements of microbes and the biochemistry of fermentation and methanogenesis.

Q?What are the environmental impacts?
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Responsible environmental guardianship and stimulation of methane production from coal in depleted extraction wells or abandoned coal mines go hand in hand. Biogas Energy technologies are designed to make use of existing gas extraction infrastructure and exploit naturally occurring processes to harvest energy trapped in the subsurface environment. Biogas Energy amendments are used in agriculture to enhance plant growth and the bioremediation industry to clean up polluted groundwater.