Beet for Biogas

Beet is already regarded as a very high performing biogas feedstock and together with maize it is one of the most suitable crops for use in Anaerobic Digestion (AD).

Making use of the latest breeding technology alongside precision cultivation and drilling methods ensures beet dry matter yields are both stable and reliable, giving added value for both the growers and AD operators.

The processing technology for biogas beet has developed rapidly in recent years and with improved technology, the processing cost per tonne of beet has fallen significantly.

High Yields

  • High dry matter yields
  • High methane output per hectare
  • High acreage efficiency on farm
  • High yield potential on cooler sites

Fast Gas

  • Very fast digestion of the beet in the fermenter (5 - 10 days)
  • High digestibility of dry matter from beet – 95% (ODM)

Innovative substrate supply

  • Increased process stability with the addition of 20-30% beet in the substrate
  • Improved mixing ability of substrate
  • Increase in digester loading thus better utilisation of digester capacity
  • High flexibility in harvest date
  • Long growing season can compensate for weather fluctuations

The†methane yield†from the organic dry substance of the root is†approximately†400†N†l / kg VS†(†N†l = standard litres)

Our energy segment - KWS beet for biogas

The highest dry matter yield (DMY) per hectare is the key requirement for economic feedstock production.† This represents the most effective feedstock supply and efficient land use.† For the UK, beet offers perhaps the best mix of cost effectiveness and high yields† Key breeding goals target specific characteristics for energy use such as high dry matter yield, but also secondary characteristics such as low soil tare, smoothness, ease of harvesting and resistance traits, such as resistance to leaf diseases, nematodes or Rhizomania.