AD Biogas Plant To Be Utilised In Singapore
A new anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas demonstration plant is set to be the first of its kind in Singapore when it begins operations in September. The 2,000 sq metre Ulu Pandan Water Reclamation Plant will utilise the reaction between organic material in food waste, sludge in used water and bacteria to produce biogas electricity.
Singapore’s water plants already produce biogas using sludge, but it is expected that they can double the amount produced by adding food waste.
The hope in Singapore is that these energy intensive facilities will eventually be energy independent.
As a country, and a city, the challenges and opportunities of the changing economy are arguably intensified for Singapore. As always, solutions must have a systemic perspective, and it’s important to move towards strategies that reduce food and water waste. However, the development of this technology in Singapore does extend an effective flow for waste organic products, while potentially taking pressure off of the grid in the future.
Lead image courtesy of TEG Environmental