Michigan State University Receives Biogas Project of the Year Award for Anaerobic Digester
BURLINGTON, ONTARIO, April 18, 2014 -- Michigan State University has received the Institutional Biogas Project of the Year Award from the American Biogas Council for its South Campus Anaerobic Digester. Not only does the facility generate renewable energy, but it also provides new sources of revenue and serves as an educational and outreach platform for one of the largest universities in the United States.
The facility, designed and built by Anaergia Inc. -- a provider of sustainable solutions for the generation of renewable energy and the conversion of waste to resources -- generates approximately 3,000 MWh per year of renewable energy by processing organic waste from campus dining halls, food processing facilities and university farms. The plant also diverts nearly 10,000 tons per year of organic waste from landfills and wastewater treatment plants .
"This is a unique project as it's one of the largest operating anaerobic digesters on a university campus in the United States. Through collaboration with Anaergia and our teaching, research and outreach programs, we are developing new sustainable energy solutions that will have a positive impact in all regions of the world," said Dana Kirk, Ph.D., PE, Michigan State University, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Manager of the Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (ADREC).
The American Biogas Council is an industry association which represents over 200 companies dedicated to maximizing the production and use of biogas from organic waste. Michigan State University was awarded the Institutional Biogas Project of the Year Award as it excelled in innovation, technology, collaboration and managing complex systems.
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