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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for ISO Technical Activity on Biogas

The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) has submitted a proposal to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a new field of technical activity on biogas. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by April 29, 2010.

Please Note:

This proposal is not provided in the usual ISO format for new fields of technical activity. This is because the ISO Technical Management Board (ISO/TMB) approved a pilot project to begin in October 2009 for a period of six months to apply recommendations of the ISO/IEC Market Relevance Task Force (MRTF) to any proposals for new fields of ISO technical activity and to new work item proposals in selected committees during this time period. Therefore, this proposal is formatted according to the MRTF recommendations as part of the pilot testing.

The proposal states that there are currently no International Standards on biogas, the combustible mixture of gases produced by microorganisms when manure and other biological wastes are allowed to ferment in the absence of air. This lack of standards is slowing the field's development and economic use as a potential source of fuel. The proposed technical activity would address the various aspects of biogas, including:

  • Biogas glossary
  • Designing, construction, commissioning, and check and test of small biogas facilities (household biogas pool)
  • Designing, construction, commissioning, and check and test of large and middle scale biogas plants
  • Designing, manufacturing, installation, and inspection of biogas equipment
  • Designing, manufacturing, and inspection of products for biogas application
  • Designing, manufacturing, installation, and inspection of equipment and facilities for biogas power generation
  • Comprehensive use of digested solid and liquid
  • Appraisal on technical, economical, and environmental benefit of biogas facilities

All comments should be sent to Steven P. Cornish, ANSI senior director for international policy ([email protected]). Feedback received by the April 29 deadline will be reviewed and compiled for the recommended ANSI position and comments, which will then be presented to the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) for formal approval.

Click here to read the SAC proposal.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click here to download the document.


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