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Potential of Biogas Plants from Livestock Waste Development in Malaysia

With the difficulty of disposal of a large amount of manure, this could cause a serious pollution threat and high nutrient release into the environment. A large amount of animal waste produced is one of the cost-effective and renewable substrates that can provide a significant source of biogas generation. Biogas is a sustainable energy carrier which is mainly composed of methane and carbon dioxide. Anaerobic digestion (AD) of renewable feedstocks has been known as a potential technology for the production of clean energy in many countries.  Hence, the treatment of huge amount of the livestock manure in AD is helpful for the appropriate management of the manure by decreasing its polluting effect on the environment and producing biogas as a valuable renewable energy source. A pre-feasibility study for the development of biogas plants using livestock waste locally was conducted. The finding of the study showed an uncertain future of its development, mostly due to technical reasons. The optimum biogas yield from a specific organic waste source is dependent on a number of variables such as digester design, mixing, heating, temperature, type and quantity of feedstock, geographical location and operator. Each of these variables could determine the ultimate viability of the project. Though the biogas produced could be used to generate either heat or electricity or both, the financial viability of the project will thus depend on the optimal use of the energy produced based on the specific needs and requirements of the client’s operations.

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Suhaimi Dollah. Potential of Biogas Plants from Livestock Waste Development in Malaysia. 30th Veterinary Association of Malaysia (VAM) Congress. 19th-20th October, 2018. Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.(Abstract of Oral Presentation) 

Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry, Wisma Tani, Blok Podium, Lot 4G1, Precint 4, 62624 Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Corresponding author: suhaimi.dollah@yahoo.com 


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