Towards a standardization of biomethane potential tests

Christof Holliger, Madalena Alves, Diana Andrade, Irini Angelidaki, Sergi Astals, Urs Baier, Claire Bougrier, Pierre Buffière, Marta Carballa, Vinnie De Wilde, Florian Ebertseder, Belén Fernández, Elena Ficara, Ioannis Fotidis, Jean Claude Frigon, Hélène Fruteau De Laclos, Dara S.M. Ghasimi, Gabrielle Hack, Mathias Hartel, Joern HeerenklageIlona Sarvari Horvath, Pavel Jenicek, Konrad Koch, Judith Krautwald, Javier Lizasoain, Jing Liu, Lona Mosberger, Mihaela Nistor, Hans Oechsner, João Vítor Oliveira, Mark Paterson, André Pauss, Sébastien Pommier, Isabella Porqueddu, Francisco Raposo, Thierry Ribeiro, Florian Rüsch Pfund, Sten Strömberg, Michel Torrijos, Miriam Van Eekert, Jules Van Lier, Harald Wedwitschka, Isabella Wierinck

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Production of biogas from different organic materials is a most interesting source of renewable energy. The biomethane potential (BMP) of these materials has to be determined to get insight in design parameters for anaerobic digesters. A workshop was held in June 2015 in Leysin Switzerland to agree on common solutions to the conundrum of inconsistent BMP test results. A discussion covers actions and criteria that are considered compulsory ito accept and validate a BMP test result; and recommendations concerning the inoculum substrate test setup and data analysis and reporting ito obtain test results that can be validated and reproduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2515-2522
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Batch assays
  • Biomethane potential (BMP)
  • Organic materials
  • Standardized protocol

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