On Anaerobic Digesters and CO2
Regular readers will know that we built a prototype digester last year. It was relatively successful, but not very efficient due to the design, which was based around cost rather than gas production.
It was a proof-of-concept model.
Since then, I have designed, but not built models that should work a lot better, and I have also done some reading on the subject, since I can do little else with my wrist in plaster.
One thing that I found out recently – the gas produced is mainly methane [CH4], but there is a lot of carbon dioxide [CO2] in the mix. This could prove a bit of a problem as CO2 is, of course, inert and is even used in fire extinguishers, not the sort of gas one would want in the supply to a burner of some sort.
I believe that passing the CH4/CO2 mix through water does clear out the CO2, leaving a much purer gas fuel.
There is also the possibility of the fuel gas containing sulphur and passing the gas through a stainless steel scrubber will remove this.
However, anaerobic digester design, at personal/small community lever, is a very inexact science. Lots of people are building them, some are successful, others less so. There is a plethora of information on the web, some of it contradictory, so it is a very confusing field.
So, is there anyone out there with experience of building digesters who can verify (or otherwise) the necessity/efficiency of CO2 and sulphur removal?
You input would be most helpful and time saving.