Biomass  and Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is the breakdown of organic material by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen with biogas being released. This biogas is composed primarily of methane so it is a useful fuel which can be combusted in an engine linked to an electrical generator. The solid waste by-product of the anaerobic digestion process is suitable for use as a fertiliser.

Biomass combustion technologies can be employed to generate electricity by using the combustion heat to raise steam and drive a turbine and generator.  This is a similar process to traditional fossil fuelled electricity generating plant.

There are a number of technological options available to make use of a wide variety of biomass types as a renewable energy source with the most common being:

  • Thermal conversion methods such as Combustion, Gasification and Pyrolysis which can generate the high temperatures necessary to operate a steam generation plant.
  • Biochemical conversion such as Anaerobic Digestion (AD) which is the breakdown of organic material by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen with biogas being released.

We have a number of specialist insurance markets and covers available for this technology, which relies on our significant knowledge of the sector and risk management requirements.

Insurance Cover for Anaerobic Digestion:

  • Transit including Delay in Start Up
  • Erection All Risks including Advanced Loss of Revenue
  • Construction Liability

Operational Phase:

  • Operational All Risks including Business Interruption
  • Operational Liability

Further Considerations:

  • Professional Indemnity
  • Contract Bonds
  • Directors and Officers