Methane is one of the most destructive greenhouse gases. BioStar’s anaerobic digestion process captures methane that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere from manure ponds. Manure management systems are a primary cause of an increase in greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture industry. BioStar’s process is a responsible solution to this issue. Once captured, the methane biogas is utilized for renewable energy generation, thereby replacing electricity derived from fossil fuels.
Natural gas is becoming increasingly more popular for electricity production because it burns much cleaner than traditional sources such as coal, resulting in greenhouse gas emission reduction. The methane biogas produced in BioStar facilities is better for the environment than fossil fuel natural gas. It is considered carbon neutral because the carbon released during combustion is part of the natural carbon cycle. The carbon in the biodegradable waste was removed by plants recently. If new plants are re-grown, then the carbon released will be removed again by the new plants. This contrasts to carbon in fossil fuels that has been sequestered in the earth for many thousands of years.
In this way, correctly engineered and knowledgeably applied anaerobic digestion systems can be considered to be sustainable, and methane biogas considered a renewable fuel.