What’s the big deal about biogas?

So…what’s the big deal about biogas? Find out by participating in the Center for Sustainability Education’s day-long biogas workshop next Saturday! Open to current Dickinson students, faculty and staff. Students get priority. There are only 4 spots left! Email websteda at dickinson.edu for more info.

“Biogas fuel is a flammable substance that burns in a similar fashion to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and as such, biogas energy can be utilized as an alternative to fossil fuels. Biogas production is often achieved using a biogas plant, which is a system that “digests” organic matter to produce gas.” – Mechanical Engineering Blog

When: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Where: Dickinson College Farm and Regional Farms
Time: 9:30 am-4 pm

Workshop description: Turning food waste – and even manure – into energy? Yes, the farm does that too. Let Bob Hamburg, a biogas systems expert and soon-to-be author of “Dragon Husbandry: The Why and Wherefore of Biogas Systems” take you through the history and current uses of biodigestion. This will be followed up by a tour and hands-on exercise led by Matt Steiman at the Dickinson College farm. We’ll also take a tour of an industrial-scale biogas operation at Mains Farms in Newville!

How Biogas Anaerobic Digestion Works (Source: http://goo.gl/LFKbZ)The 9/21/12 episode of the Talk of the Nation radio show explored “The Ugly Truth About Food Waste in America“. Anaerobic digestion and the resulting methane production (biogas!) were highlighted as one way to divert a massive amount of food waste away from landfills. You won’t want to miss this in-depth workshop! Email Dan asap to save your spot!

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