Gas to Grid networks are increasing in the UK and Ireland. Biomethane generation is a greener alternative to fracking or mining for natural gas. Furthermore, Biomethane is used as an alternative fuel in HGVs. The gas enters the grid or compressed into storage tanks, its composition must be carefully monitored.
What is biomethane?
Biomethane (or renewable natural gas) is a near-pure source of methane that is produced by upgrading biogas or through the gasification of solid biomass, from which, the resulting product undergoes a process called methanation where carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are converted into methane through hydrogenation.
What is it used for?
- Renewable heat and power production
- Clean fuel for transport
- Gas to Grid injection
Upgrading Biogas to Biomethane
The basic goal behind biogas upgrading into biomethane is to separate carbon dioxide and other chemical components from methane. This results in the production of biomethane. Biomethane is more flexible in its application than other renewable energy. The ability to be injected directly into the existing natural gas grid allows for energy-efficient and cost-effective transport. Biomethane offers great potential as an alternative source of natural gas, as it can be used to generate electricity, heating, and fuel.
Why Gas Data instruments?
Measuring the impurities in the biomethane is crucial to ensure the gas network continues to run smoothly. Gas Data equipment ensure readings of the biomethane components are accurate, allowing operators to act accordingly and preserving the grid.
Prior to the injection of biomethane into the grid, Gas Data analysers stream the measurements to show its purity. Our sensors are calibrated to provide high range accuracy for CH4, and low range accuracy of CO2 and H2S. Alarms outputs and shut-off protocols can be implemented using the data provided.