A biogas plant consisting of a biodigester and a storage/purification tank was constructed. The digester was constructed using mild steel sheets (1-2mm); formed into a rectangular container 0.09m3 in capacity. This was them inserted into housing as constructed from mild steel sheets to carry the digester and the lantern, added to enhance the temperature of digestion, while the housing trapped air around the digester, making for an average working temperature of about 32+ 10C. The storage/purification tank was constructed, still from metal sheets formed into a rectangular container 0.104m3 in capacity. This tank was filled with water mixed with calcium hydroxide to scrub the biogas of carbondioxide. The biomass used to charge the biodigester was cow dung. 20kg of cow dung was mixed with 60L of water in a ratio of 1:3. This filled the digester to 80L capacity leaving a 10L capacity head space representing a dome for temporary gas storage.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of contents
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1.1 Background of the Study
1.2 Statement of the Problem
1.3 Research Hypotheses
1.4 Purpose of the Study
1.5 Scope of the Study
2.2 Current Literature Review
2.3 Summary of the Chapter
3.1 Research Design
3.2 Population of the Study
3.3 Sample/Sampling Technique
3.4 Design Syntheses
3.5 Instrumentation/Design Synthesis
3.6 Data Collection/Analysis
Data Analysis, Interpretation and Discussion
Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation
BACKGROUND TO STUDY
Domestic Biogas plants produced renewable fuel from organic biomass and this fuel-gas is an alternative to fossil fuels, primarily consists of methane (CH4 or natural gas) and carbon dioxide (CO2) whose combustion will not cause environmental pollution that result global warming due to ozone depletion, eutraphication and desertification.
The cost of petroleum products is becoming increasing everyday which is a serious problem facing most developing countries of the world including Nigeria. Again, excessive energy demands from both rural and urban dwellers imply that other natural sources of energy have to been explored. Hence, conversion of agricultural wastes into biogas could be a leeway to solving some of these energy problems.
Biogas production is a complex biochemical process that takes in the absence of oxygen and in the presence of highly sensitive micro-organisms that are mainly bacteria (Hasimolo et al., 1980). The predominant component of flammable biogas is methane and carbon dioxide with traces of others gases like, H2S, NH3, CO, H2, N2, and water vapor etc. It has a heating value of 22MJ/m3 (15.6MJ/kg) (FAO, 1979). Consequently, biogas can be utilized in all energy consuming Application designed for natural gas (Ross, 1966).
Biogas technology has been in use in kenya since 1957 whereas in areas such as USA and in Asian countries like India, China and Parkistan, the gas has been fully utilized (Carl and John, (2002). The raw materials used in many places for the gas production are agricultural wastes ranging from animals manures to adverse selection of crop residues. Okafor (1998), utilized cassava peels and wastes water to produce animal feed that was used to feed pigs. The feces from the pigs were then converted to biogas. Experimentally, according to (A.U Ofoele and E.O. Uzodinma 2009).cow dung has been acknowledged as the best biogas producer amongst most animal wastes. The blend with cow dung and poultry droppings had the fastest onset of gas flammability while that with swine dung while highest cumulative of gas production.
1.1 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Biogas plants have ability to accept a variety of organic residue as primary final inputs.
This include cow dung, agricultural residue, effluent discharge, food residues, etc most agricultural/food production processes have significant amount of organic residue output as by product. Traditionally, their residue is buried in land filled or discharged, which causes negative environmental impact. In some place, institutions have to pay fees to dispose off such residue. A biogas plant solves the residue disposal problems by converting residues into village energy. Biogas is created by bacterial in the process of biodegradation of organic materials under Anaerobic (without Air) condition. Methanogene material and return the decomposed product to the environment. In this process, biogas (methane) is generated which is a focus of remarkable energy.
1.2 RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
Although, biogas system become flammable when the methane is at least 45%. If it does not burns, it means that content is the methane content is less than 45% and contains mainly CO2.
There is no significant difference in the energy potential of biogas and conventional cooking gas.
1.3 PURPOSE OF STUDY
The need to reduce the present high concentration on the conventional energy sources with all its attendant problems has given a great motivation for this project which will help to:
- To construct Biogas plant
- To produce biogas from cow dung
- To use the gas produced to generate heat
- ADVANTAGES OF BIOGAS AS A FUEL
- High calorific value
- Clean fuel
- No smoke production
- No residue produced
- Convenient ignition temperature
- Efficient use of waste product.
- Reduction of pathogen
- Reduction of nutrient lost from field.
1.5 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
However, some problems were experienced during the production and performance test in the following areas:
The time the digester was charge and to has hot been enough to generate enough gas, coupled with the low environment temperature.
To stop escape of digester slurry after stirring as the researcher could not get water sealed bearing for the work.
Adhesive was used along with the PVC valves.
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