10:52 29 Feb 24
I-DEV0459: Measurement of methane content of biogas and flare efficiency
|DNV (27 Dec 2011)
|1564: AWMS Methane Recovery Project MX07-S-113, Aguascalientes, México
|Selected monitoring period
|25 Sep 2008 - 31 Jul 2010
|Title/subject of deviation
|Measurement of methane content of biogas and flare efficiency
This request is to allow deviation of measurement of methane content of biogas as specified by the parameter MC in Table B.7 of the registered PDD by measuring the CO2 content of biogas and calculating the methane content instead of directly measuring the methane content. This request is also to allow for deviation of testing flare efficiency as specified by the parameter EFP in Table B.7 of the registered PDD by applying the default value allowed in “Tool to determine project emissions from flaring gases containing methane” for periods where the flare efficiency was measured less frequenty than annually.
The project developer has undergone an extensive evaluation and selection process to find the most reliable and durable equipment for measuring methane at its project activities. This process took considerably longer than anticipated by the project developer. At this time, the project developer has identified and begun using this monitoring equipment and, as of October 2008 (for site 3304244) and January 2009 (for site 3280021), the direct measurement of methane has been implemented in accordance with the monitoring methodology and the monitoring plan and this practice will be used for all subsequent monitoring periods.
Prior to measuring the methane content the project developer has monitored the methane content of biogas using practices considered to be correct during validation and identical to the monitoring practices at other registered and verified projects by the same project developer applying AM0016 version 02.
Biogas consists of mainly CO2 and methane. Recent measurements of both the methane and CO2 content of biogas taken from sites within this project activity showed that the sum of CO2 and methane averaged 97.53% with a 95% confidence level of 94.11%. An earlier analysis of other similar advanced Animal Waste Management Systems (AWMS) in Brazil and Mexico, developed by the same project developer and applying the same project technology showed that the sum of CO2 and methane averaged 99.0% with a 95% confidence level of 96.7%. However, in order to be most conservative, the project developer has opted to use the minimum value of the sum of CO2 and methane found in its testing as the value to be applied across the all projects of this methodology version. This value is 93.6% for site 3280021 and 93.5% for site 3304244 for the sum of CO2 and methane, rounded down to 93% with 7% trace or other gas. Hence, if this request for deviation is accepted, the percentage of methane in biogas will be calculated as 93% minus the percentage of CO2.
Measurements of the percentage of CO2 in biogas have the same accuracy as measurements of the percentage of methane. Hence, the monthly measurement of the percentage of CO2 and the calculation of the percentage of methane as described above ensures in our opinion the same level of accuracy.
According to the monitoring plan, the flare efficiency shall be measured at least annually. This frequency meets the general guidance for SSC CDM Methodologies which states in paragraph 12b, “Data elements that are generally constant and indirectly related to the emission reductions (e.g. Emission factors, Calorific Value, System Efficiencies) should be measured or calculated at least once in a year, unless detailed specifications are provided as part of the indicated methodology”. AMS-III.D, version 11, applied by the project does not specify the frequency of measuring the flare efficiency.
The frequency of flare efficiency measurements was less than annually for the sites with the following IDs: 3280021 and 3304244. The period of time elapsed per site without coverage of annual flare efficiency measurements is as follows:
Site ID Period Applied Applied FE
3280021 25 Sep 08 - 6 Oct 08 50.00%
3304244 25 Sep 08 - 1 Oct 08 50.00%
This thus represents a deviation from the monitoring plan. Hence, in the periods covered in column “Applicable period” it is suggested to apply a conservative flare efficiency of 50% as stipulated by the “Tool to determine project emissions from flaring gases containing methane”. The flare was confirmed to be operational on the basis of the weekly observations performed. Flare efficiency measurements show that the actual flare efficiencies are considerably higher than the 50% default. Therefore, applying the default value to the periods in column “Applicable period” is in our opinion a conservative approach.
Continuous monitoring of compliance of the flare with manufacturer’s specification is ensured by inspecting the flare regularly (typically weekly) and recording malfunctioning of the flare. If malfunctioning of the flare is recorded, the reported emission reductions are adjusted by not including the biogas produced from the day the flare was last observed to function properly to the day the flare is again functioning properly after malfunctioning of the flare has been observed. Moreover, the flares at all farms have a temperature and pressure measure device that assures the effective combustion of methane during the time the biogas is directed to the flare. If the temperature decreases, the electronic system closes the main valve and restarts after a few minutes with an electric spark. The flare design ensures that no gas is sent through the flare without the flare being ignited.
As of October 2008 (for site 3304244) and January 2009 (for site 3280021), the direct measurement of methane has been implemented in accordance with the monitoring methodology and the monitoring plan and this practice will be used for all subsequent monitoring periods. To use measurements of the CO2 content of biogas to calculate the methane content instead of directly measuring the methane content is required due to the project participants initially not finding reliable and durable equipment for measuring methane at its project activities. Also the flare efficiency measurements have, and will continue to, occur on a regular basis at least annually. Hence, a request for deviation is suitable in accordance with paragraph 212 of the Validation and Verification Manual (Version 01.2).
The deviation is expected to result in an underestimation of the emission reductions as it is conservatively assumed that biogas contains 7% trace gases and that the flare efficiency is 50%, respectively.
|Spreadsheet with recent methane and CO2 content measurements at sites within this project activity. (11 KB)
|Link to the documentation made available at validation stage or monitoring report
|Link to relevant documentation
|Signed form (3297 KB)
This request for deviation has been accepted.
The Chairs have accepted the proposed request for deviation to the monitoring and reporting process for the first monitoring period.
|29 Feb 2012 - Deviation accepted
27 Dec 2011 -
23 Jan 2012 - Successfully passed the Completeness Check
14 Feb 2012 - Awaiting EB decision