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Biogas Upgrading on Dairy Digesters

N. Kennedy, G. Yorgey, C. Frear, D. Evans, J. Jensen, C. Kruger. 2015. WSU Fact Sheet FS180E.  This fact sheet is to provide farmers, third party project developers, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders with a basic understanding of the chemical composition of renewable natural gas, the most appropriate end-use options for dairy digesters, and some of the more common techniques used to clean biogas to RNG quality at dairy digesters. In describing specific technologies, the authors aim to provide information based on the current literature, but not to favor one technology over another. For additional detail or information about other technologies, more comprehensive reports and reviews are available (Krich et al. 2005; Ryckebosch et al. 2011; Jensen 2011).

On-Farm Co-Digestion of Dairy Manure with High-Energy Organics

N. Kennedy, G. Yorgey, C. Frear, C. Kruger 2015. WSU Fact Sheet FS172E. Anaerobic Digestion Systems Series provides research-based information to improve decision-making for incorporating, augmenting, and maintaining anaerobic digestion systems for manures and food by-products. This publication focuses on pre-consumer food wastes that can sustainably be used as substrates for co-digestion with dairy manure and increase the value of co-products. Topics covered include complementary and problematic substrates, the substrate procurement process, regulations, and solutions for co-digestion processing issues.

Anaerobic digestion effluents and processes: the basics

S. M. Mitchell, N. Kennedy, J. Ma, G. Yorgey, C. Kruger,  J. L. Ullman, C. Frear.  Sept 2015. WSU Fact Sheet FS171E. Anaerobic digesters are used worldwide to produce bioenergy and sustainably treat organic waste from municipal, industrial, and agricultural operations. This fact sheet reviews the basic elements of anaerobic digestion and the process used by digesters, including the types of digesters, biochemistry of influents and effluents, laboratory evaluations and optimizing anaerobic digesting through modeling.

Bio-Oil: An Introduction to Fast Pyrolysis and its Applications

Murray, T.,  F. Resende, and G. Luo. 2014.  WSU Fact Sheet FS140E. The United States has targeted biofuels generated from domestic biomass supplies as a significant contributor for future liquid fuel supplies. Reliance on domestic fuel production opens the door for a wide range of opportunities for natural resource managers, farmers, and other landowners who will be instrumental in developing the industry, its technologies, and its utilization of agricultural crop residues and forestry biomass. This publication discusses bio-oil produced via fast pyrolysis, its applications, and associated biomass feedstocks.

On-Farm Evaluation and Demonstration of Small-Scale Biogas Technology

Kruger, C. 2009.  Final Report to USDA SARE. This project supported the development, fabrication and demonstration of a biogas technology application for small farms.

Whatcom County Small-Scale Biogas Technology Poster

Anaerobic Digester Project and System Modifications: An Economic Analysis

Galinato, S., C. Kruger, and C. Frear.  2015. WSU Extension Publication EM090E.  This publication introduces readers to key concerns regarding the profitability of anaerobic digestion systems and includes a discussion of general project costs and potential revenue sources. This publication also examines the potential profitability of three alternative anaerobic digester systems: (a) combined heat and power, which is the baseline system; (b) boiler as a substitute for combined heat and power; and (c) renewable natural gas infrastructure.

The Rationale for Recovery of Phosphorus and Nitrogen from Dairy Manure

Yorgey, G., C. Frear, C. Kruger, T. Zimmerman. 2014. WSU Extension Fact Sheet FS136E.

Site-Specific Trade-offs of Harvesting Cereal Residues as Biofuel Feedstocks in Dryland Annual Cropping Systems of the Pacific Northwest, USA

Huggins, D.R., C.E. Kruger, K.M. Painter, D.P. Uberuaga. BioEnergy Research. June 2014, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 598-608.

Dairy Waste Biorefinery

Kennedy, N., C. Frear, M. Garcia-Perez, C. Kruger, and S. Chen. 2013. Concept illustration and description.

Economics of Dairy Digesters in Washington State

Kennedy, N. 2013.  BioCycle Magazine. Feasibility study supports a shift from the conventional CHP model to a renewable natural gas (RNG) model that takes advantage of the accelerating move to natural gas fuels in the transportation sector.

Organic Waste Biorefinery

Kennedy, N., C. Frear, M. Garcia-Perez, C. Kruger, and S. Chen. 2013. Concept illustration and description.

Review of emerging nutrient recovery technologies for farm-based anaerobic digesters and other renewable energy systems

Prepared for Innovation Center for US Dairy by Jingwei Ma, Nick Kennedy, Georgine Yorgey and Craig Frear.  Nov 2013.  Washington State University.

The effects of the antibiotics ampicillin, florfenicol, sulfamethazine, and tylosin on biogas production and their degradation efficiency during anaerobic digestion

Mitchell, S., J. Ullman, A. Teel, R. Watts, C. Frear.  Bioresource Technology Volume 149, December 2013, Pages 244–252.

Anaerobic Digestion

CSANR webpage.  Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a process in which organic matter is converted into methane by bacteria in the absence of oxygen. Under typical dairy farm conditions manure is stored in open ponds and applied to fields, where decomposition often occurs under anaerobic conditions. This leads to the natural, open-air production of methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the warming value of carbon dioxide. By enclosing, controlling and accelerating this natural anaerobic conversion process, not only can the methane be contained, but it can be converted to renewable energy, providing two mechanisms for carbon sequestration and global warming reduction – methane capture/conversion and fossil-fuel energy offset.

Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Technology Certificate Program

Website highlighting a WSU – Bellingham Technical College partnership to offer training for anaerobic digestion technicians.  Full curriculum, videos and more available online.

Efficient Use of Algal Biomass Residues for Biopower Production with Nutrient Recycle: Final Project Report

Jarvis, E. R. Davis, C. Frear. Aug 2013.

Anaerobic Digestion Systems: Integrating emerging technologies to improve environmental and economic impact

C. Frear, C.Kruger, H. Collins, M. Garcia-Perez, C. Stockle, R. Shumway, G. Astill, T. Ewing, N. Kennedy, T. Khalil, and G. Yorgey. July 2013. Academic Poster.

2011-2013 Anaerobic Digestion Related R&D Research Summary for WSU ARC/WSDA Appendix-A Funds

Frear, C, M. Garcia-Perez, C. Kruger, S. Chen. 2013.

Methanosarcina domination in anaerobic sequencing batch reactor at short hydraulic retention time

J. Ma, B. Zhao, C. Frear, Q. Zhao, L. Yu, X. Li, S. Chen. June 2013.Bioresource Technology Volume 137, June 2013, Pages 41–50.

Anaerobic Digestion: Beyond Waste Management

May 2013. CSANR produced a 7.5 minute video showing how state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion systems can offer multiple benefits to society.

Anaerobic Digestion of Algal Biomass Residues with Nutrient Recycle

April 2013. Zhao, B., J. Ma, Q. Zhao, and C. Frear.  WSU subcontract work on Department of Energy Project 22902.

A simple methodology for rate-limiting step determination for anaerobic digestion of complex substrates and effect of microbial community ratio

J. Ma, C. Frear, Z. Wang, L. Yu, Q. Zhao, X. Li, S. Chen. Bioresource Technology.  Volume 134, April 2013, Pages 391–395.

Kinetics of psychrophilic anaerobic sequencing batch reactor treating flushed dairy manure

J. Ma, L. Yu, C. Frear, Q. Zhao, X. Li, S. Chen. Bioresource Technology.  Volume 131, March 2013, Pages 6–12.

Experimental and modeling study of a two-stage pilot scale high solid anaerobic digester system

L. Yu, Q. Zhao, J. Ma, C. Frear, S. Chen. Bioresource Technology. Volume 124, November 2012, Pages 8–17.

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