Moving safely towards a new energy future

28th August 2020

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Biogas, biodiesel, and bioethanol production, is the utilization of organic waste exchanged to energy, leading to multiple benefits for the environment and most importantly a cleaner greener future! but how safe are they, when it comes to working with them? 

Types of biofuels are Biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, generated from organic waste.  Biodiesel is a vegetable oil or animal fat-based fuel consisting of long chains & containing (methyl or ethyl or propyl) alkyl esters. Bioethanol is an alcohol made by fermentation, mostly from carbohydrates produced in plants as sugar or starch.

Not only large but small-scale facilities can cause major fire and explosion risks, caused by non-compliant electrical equipment in hazardous areas.  Furthermore, exposure to these chemical process in anaerobic digesters or in confined spaces can cause asphyxiation which can result in unconsciousness or suffocation if not ventilated correctly.

Where these dangers occur, it is important to make sure you have correct processes in place when it comes to your safety.  Ensuring you have the correct ventilation and electrical equipment, plays a vital role not only for you but in keeping your plant running safely and efficiently for years to come when it comes to plant cleaning.                                                            

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Please note: This information should not be used to zone areas or decide whether equipment is suitable. Specialist advice must always be taken before making decisions. SA Equip LLP accept no liability for use of this information. E & O E.