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Learn to Turn Animal Waste into Energy


AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) Department is offering an Anaerobic Treatment of Agricultural Wastes course, May 21-22, at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines.


As energy costs have continued to rise, there has been increased interest in anaerobic digestion of animal manures to generate energy. This interest has included the direct use of biogas on the farm, centralized digestion systems, co-digestion facilities and digestion of manures as an energy source for ethanol plants.

“Increasingly, agricultural producers are requesting information and advice on topics related to anaerobic digestion of manures and agricultural waste for energy production,” said Robert Burns, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering associate professor and course coordinator.


“This course is designed to help answer these questions by providing consultants, extension educators and others working with producers a basic knowledge and understanding of anaerobic digestion systems, including both concepts and operational information, as well as pros and cons of the technology through case studies.”


Topics will include a background and introductory information on anaerobic digestion, cost sharing and support opportunities, biogas production, biogas collection, biogas handling, electricity production, marketing carbon credits, anaerobic digestion and biogas use at ethanol plants, centralized digestion and multiple case studies.


Registration for the course is now open. Information about the course, lodging and registration is available on-line at http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/anaerobiccourse/home.html


A reduced rate is offered for Iowa State University Extension personnel and university student attendees. ISU Extension employees interested in the reduced rate should contact Lara Moody at lmoody@iastate.edu

If you have additional questions, please contact Lara Moody at lmoody@iastate.edu or (515) 294-7355 or Robert Burns at rburns@iastate.edu or (515) 294-4203.



Contacts :

Robert Burns, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, (515) 294-4203, rburns@iastate.edu

Lara Moody, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, (515) 294-7355, lmoody@iastate.edu