The potential of biomethane production in Ukraine
For Ukraine, taking into account technological feasibility, availability and volumes, the most suitable raw materials for biogas production are pig manure, cattle manure, poultry litter, residues of agricultural enterprises, sugar beet pulp, vegetable residues of main crops, and also specially grown corn on silage.
The total estimated methane production potential of the considered types of by-products and corn silage is 7.8 billion m³ of CH4 per year, as of 2018, which is almost 40% of the natural gas production in Ukraine or almost 25% of the total GHG consumption for 2018.
Almost half of the potential for biogas production can be provided by using slaughter residues, another 35% – by growing corn on silage (Fig. 1). Manure and poultry litter amount is only 11% of the potential, another 4.7% is the biogas production potential from sugar beet pulp.
The absolute leader in the potential of biogas production is the Vinnytsia region (10% of the total potential). Kyiv, Cherkasy and Poltava regions together provide almost 25% of the potential. The smallest potential is concentrated in Transcarpathian, Chernivtsi, Rivne and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.The potential of biomethane production in Ukraine. Petro Kucheruk. The platform of sustainable agribusiness SAF Ukraine. July 11, 2019.
The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine since 2019 is a partner of the platform of sustainable agribusiness SAF Ukraine.