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2nd Agro-industrial Biogas Training Seminar and Study Tour, South Africa

23 February - 25 February 2016

Only one week to go for our South African biogas course and we are happy about a high number of particiants. Registation still possible, but only a few places left. To regiister contact us now asap! The course might be booked out soon! Registration & Programme

You can receive a Certificate from the University of Cape Town (CPD certified)


Training Seminar Programme (subject to change)

Tuesday, 23. February 2016









Part 1: Welcome to the seminar

  • Introduction of the seminar participants and experts
  • Expectations from the seminar
  • Collection of the first questions

Part 2: Status quo of the biogas sector development in South Africa as well as the way forward

  • Potentials and prospects
  • Status of waste legislation
  • Economic framework conditions
  • Data for waste arising and composition


Coffee break

Part 3: Development of the biogas technology in Germany and Europe

  • Potentials and prospects
  • Status of waste legislation
  • Economic framework conditions
  • Data for waste arising and composition

Part 4: General introduction into biogas technology and digester biology

  • Basic principles of process technology
  • Temperature, retention time, organic loading rate
  • Operating experiences from 8000 agro-industrial biogas plants
  • Conditions for the generation of biogas
  • Operating parameters
  • Process monitoring and task management
  • Process disturbances and failures



Part 5: Examples of different types of biogas plants

  • Wet and dry fermentation plants
  • Bio-waste digestion
  • Agricultural biogas plants
  • Treatment of industrial effluents
  • Experiences with investment and operation

Part 6: Introduction of the main components of a biogas plant

  • Digester types and installation technology
  • Process and feed in technology
  • Developments and adaptations of the technology to suit the local circumstances in South Africa


Coffee break

Part 7: Approval conditions for biogas plants under South African conditions (regulatory requirements for AD systems) including:

  • Licenses for building
  • Safety plus licenses
  • Emission licenses
  • Overview of the legal requirements
  • Regulatory tool and how to use it


Meet and greet (optional)

Group dinner at local restaurant at own expenses



Wednesday, 24. February 2016









Part 1: Overview of different substrates which can be used into a biogas plants and its advantages and disadvantages

  • Input substrates: agricultural slurries, industrial and communal organic residues
  • Gas yields from residue material and industrial wastes
  • Wastes as a feedstock for biogas plants
  • Pollutants and contraries in bio-waste

Part 2: Basic calculation models of a biogas plant process with different substrates

  • Examples of biogas calculations/gas generation
  • Experiences from a field study
  • Cost structure of equipment and services
  • Key parameters for business plan development
  • Appropriate technology assessment


Coffee break

Part 3: Interactive planning session for wet and dry fermentation technology

  • Retention time
  • Organic loading rate
  • Sizes of containers and tanks
  • Nutrient composition
  • Electricity and heat production
  • Efficiency factors of gas utilization
  • Discussion of the results



Part 4: Experiences in project and market development under South African conditions

  • Market challenges
  • Legal administrative and technical obstacles
  • Experiences with technology and operation


Coffee break

Part 5: Proper usage of digestate as organic fertilizer in agriculture

  • Environmental aspects
  • Application of digestates
  • Digestate processing
  • Treatment costs - profitability


End of the day


Thursday, 25. February 2016





Part 6: Study tour to exemplary biogas plant(s) in the Western Cape

  • Talk to operator and analyze his practical operation
  • Discuss trouble shooting needs

Lunch on the way (at own expenses)


End of seminar and study tour


Biogas GmbH


Silke Volk
Tel.: +49 (0)7954 926203


University of Cape Town,

Western Cape, South Africa

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