Making Manure into More Anaerobic Digesters/Biogas Systems Tour

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh invite you to attend the Making Manure into More Anaerobic Digesters/Biogas Systems Tour on Thursday, December 1, 2016The tour will showcase three different types of biogas (urban dry anaerobic, large wet anaerobic, and small wet anaerobic) systems in eastern Wisconsin. The tour is open to all farmers, industry professionals, and others who share an interest in learning more about anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.

 As part of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s mission to become a more sustainable institution, UW-Oshkosh and partners have constructed the nation’s first commercial-scale dry fermentation anaerobic biogas system on campus, and two biogas systems at dairy farms.  Take the opportunity to join other dairy industry members for a behind-the-scenes tour of three very different biogas systems in Eastern Wisconsin.  One stop will be at an urban anaerobic dry biogas system that utilizes input material with moisture content less than 75%.  Another tour stop will be at a large wet anaerobic biogas system which utilizes manure from Wisconsin’s largest dairy farm to generate renewable biogas. The third stop will be at a small wet anaerobic biogas system. This will be at the first small-scale biogas system in Wisconsin involving wet digestion and a 64 kW engine using plug flow system technology on a 250-cow dairy farm.

 Along with touring the systems, attendees will learn about biogas systems and have the opportunity to connect with project collaborators, other farmers, and industry professionals. This tour is a prelude to the upcoming Midwest Manure Summit, which will be held February 22-23, 2017 in Green Bay, WI with a pre-conference session held on February 21.

 Registration information for the tour can be found at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/dairy/events/dairy-anaerobic-digester-tours/. Early bird registration is $40 per person.  Registrations made after November 7 will be $55 per person.  Tour registration is based on a first come, first served basis. The tour is subject to cancellation due to insufficient registration. Full refund will be made in the event the tour is cancelled. Please note, the early bird registration is due November 7, 2016.

 Due to the nature of the tour, all participants must ride on the charter bus. No individual vehicles will be allowed at the tour stops. The full-day tour will leave and return on a chartered bus from two locations.  Participants leaving from location 1 will be picked up at 8:15 am and return around 5:15 pm from the UW-Extension Outagamie County Office located at 3365 W. Brewster Street, Appleton, WI.  Participants leaving from location 2 will be picked up at 9:00 am and return around 4:30 pm from the UW-Oshkosh Campus Services Center located at 650 Witzel Avenue, Oshkosh, WI.

 For more information, contact Scott Gunderson, UW-Extension, at 920-683-4175 or scott.gunderson@ces.uwex.edu, or contact Brian Langolf, UW-Oshkosh Biogas Systems, at 920-424-1010 or langolfb@uwosh.edu.

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