Sustainable biogas production in municipal wastewater treatment plants

Nov 2015

This report deals with anaerobic digestion (AD) of sewage sludge, an energy- and nutrient-rich by-product of wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). The objective is to promote sustainable practices and technology, focussing on energy efficiency of biogas production and utilisation. An overview of the AD process in WWTP is given, along with standard energy performances, nutrient recycling and different process options and their impacts. It is not intended as a detailed technical guideline for project managment.
The report is aimed at energy policy and decision makers as well as WWTP operators and was produced by IEA Bioenergy Task 37, an expert working group that addresses challenges related to the economic and environmental sustainability of biogas production and utilisation.