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An Introduction to the Anaerobic Digestion System Enterprise Budget Calculator

April 6, 2016 10am PDT. Webinar recording below.

Speaker: Dr. Gregory Astill, Research Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service; obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University.

Webinar description: Join Dr. Greg Astill, the creator of the Anaerobic Digester (AD) System Enterprise Budget Calculator, for a walk-through of the basic operations of the budget calculator and a demonstration of the results it produces. The Budget Calculator is intended for dairy owners, AD system industry experts, and AD researchers to be able to easily calculate the net present value of investment under a variety of technology and price scenarios for an AD system. The budget calculator includes options for anaerobic digestion, co-digestion, compressed natural gas, combined heat and power, environmental credits, fiber solids separation, phosphorous solids separation, struvite precipitation, ammonium sulfate recovery, and water ultra-filtration/reverse osmosis. Dr. Astill will discuss some of these examples during the webinar.

Gregory M. Astill
Gregory M. Astill

Dr. Gregory Astill is a Research Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University, working on anaerobic digestion systems research, and developing the Anaerobic Digester System Enterprise Budget Calculator. Dr. Astill’s research focuses on applied agricultural and environmental economics, most recently examining the costs and benefits of food safety protocols in fresh produce production and packing.