Influence of trace substances on methanation catalysts used in dynamic biogas upgrading

Lars Jürgensen*, Ehiaze Augustine Ehimen, Jens Born, Jens Bo Holm-Nielsen, David Rooney

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The aim of this work was to study the possible deactivation effects of biogas trace ammonia concentrations on methanation catalysts. It was found that small amounts of ammonia led to a slight decrease in the catalyst activity. A decrease in the catalyst deactivation by carbon formation was also observed, with ammonia absorbed on the active catalyst sites. This was via a suppression of the carbon formation and deposition on the catalyst, since it requires a higher number of active sites than for the methanation of carbon oxides. From the paper findings, no special pretreatment for ammonia removal from the biogas fed to a methanation process is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-322
Number of pages4
JournalBioresource Technology
Early online date28 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • Biogas
  • Catalysis
  • Methanation
  • Poisoning
  • Sabatier reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • General Medicine


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