The new version of Biogas tool can be found as part of Luke’s Maatalousinfo-service:
Biogas tool is a planning tool meant for biogas production where the maximal amount of feedstocks is 15 000 t per year. With the Biogas tool, it is possible to estimate the methane production from different feed materials, compare the profitability of different forms of energy production and utilization, estimate the nutrient concentration of digestate as well as estimate the size of the biogas plant investment and its profitability. The Biogas tool is freely available and was developed under the HANDIHEAT project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014–2020, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
The tool´s results are based on the user’s input values and the selection of provided alternatives. The tool will guide the user step-by-step through the nine stages. The Biogas tool uses pre-set background values, such as raw material properties, energy consumption of different processes and price data. However, it is possible to change or adjust the pre-set values. As a result, the user receives information such as the biogas yield of the example plant, the nutrient content of the digestate and the economic feasibility. The aim of Biogas tool is to provide more information on the opportunities offered by small and medium-sized biogas plants from the perspective of decentralized energy production and nutrient recycling.