Skyline Energy Explains: Biogas, A Natural & Renewable Type of Energy Generation

October 26, 2020 Insights

Like solar, wind, and hydro, biogas is a natural, renewable, and low-carbon alternative to traditional energy generation.

What is biogas and where does it come from?

Biogas is a by-product of organic waste when it goes through Anaerobic Digestion (AD). It comes from the organic materials or carbon sources found in the waste. It is mainly comprised of methane.

Many types of organic waste can be used toward the production of biogas:

  • Livestock waste, such as manure
  • Agricultural waste, such as crop residue
  • Biosolids from wastewater
  • Organic materials from homes and businesses
  • Food waste
  • Landfill waste

How is biogas produced?

After the organic waste is sorted, ground, or mixed, it is broken down in a non-oxygen environment, often at an Anaerobic Digestion facility.

Biogas is produced as a by-product during this process.

At the same time, Anaerobic Digestion produces digestate, which is essentially a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used as a soil amendment for crops restoration.

This creates a continuous cycle of crop growth and residual waste which gets processed into digestate: a ‘circular economy’ of continual resource use.

How can biogas be used as clean energy?

Biogas can be used as a fuel gas for Combined Heat & Power (CHP) generators, which convert the gas to consumable clean energy in the form of heat and electricity.

Alternatively, it can be upgraded to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), a carbon-neutral gas that can be used in place of conventional natural gas or fossil fuels.

According to BioGasAssociation.ca, there are currently 200 Biogas and RNG projects operating in Canada (agricultural and food waste digesters; wastewater treatment facilities; landfill gas projects).

Skyline Energy is a proud member of the Canadian Biogas Association. We believe that biogas can play a major role in accelerating Canada’s clean energy generation objectives, and we’re excited to see the biogas sector gaining momentum across the country.

About Skyline Clean Energy Fund

Skyline Clean Energy Fund (“SCEF”) is a privately owned and managed portfolio of medium to large scale clean energy assets, focused on acquiring income-producing assets across Canada, under long-term government contracts.

SCEF is offered as an alternative investment product through Skyline Wealth Management Inc. (“Skyline Wealth”), the exclusive Exempt Market Dealer (EMD) for SCEF.

SCEF is committed to surfacing value to its investors through asset monitoring and optimization, while providing a sustainable investment product based in clean, renewable energy.

To learn more about SCEF and its asset manager, Skyline Energy, please visit SkylineEnergy.ca.

To learn about additional alternative investment products offered through Skyline Wealth, please visit SkylineWealth.ca.

Skyline Clean Energy Fund is operated and managed by Skyline Group of Companies.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jeff Stirling
Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, Skyline Group of Companies
5 Douglas Street, Suite 301
Guelph, ON N1H 2S8
519.826.0439 x243

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