Michigan State University’s new Anaerobic Digester Research and Education Center will advance the science and technology of anaerobic digestion through cutting-edge research and will play a key role in expanding Michigan’s bioeconomy, say supporters.

The facility will be open for tours during Ag Expo, MSU’s annual outdoor farm show July 20–22 on the East Lansing campus. Tours are scheduled daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

“Anaerobic digestion has proven to be a feasible technology to convert waste to resource while minimizing negative impact on the environment,” says Ajit Srivastava, chairperson of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.

 “However, due to the high cost it can only be afforded by large dairy operations,” he adds. Therefore, the goal of the ADREC is to develop off-the-shelf anaerobic digestion technology so it becomes cost effective for small to medium-size farms,” defined as 200 to 499 milking cows. 

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Source: Michigan State University