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AgSTAR Program Conference on Anaerobic Digestion of Animal Wastes

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April 24-26, 2006
Madison Concourse Hotel
Madison, Wisconsin


Wednesday, March 24, 2004

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM

Welcome, Opening Comments, and Housekeeping Details Kurt Roos, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Office of Atmospheric Programs

8:45 AM

Keynote Presentation (2.5MB)
Dr. Frank Humenik, North Carolina State University

9:15 AM

Current State-of-the Art—Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Utilization
Moderator: Dr. John Martin, Hall Associates

Status of Existing and Emerging Biogas Production and Utilization Systems (651K)
Kurt Roos, US EPA

Covered Lagoons (2.1MB)
Leland Saele, USDA National Resources Conservation Service

Plug Flow Digesters (4.3MB)
Peter Wright, Cornell University

10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM

Current State-of-the-Art - Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Utilization (continued)
Moderator: Dr. Douglas Williams, California Polytechnic State University

Mixed Digesters (759K)
Dr.Jeffery Lorimor, Iowa State University

Fixed-film Digesters (1.9MB)
Dr.Ann Wilkie, University of Florida

Biogas Utilization (3.3MB)
Duane Hanusa, Alliant Energy

Questions and Discussion

12:00 Noon


Air and Water Quality Protection Issues Related to Animal Agriculture
Jim Gulliford, Regional Administrator, US EPA Region 7

1:30 PM

Marketing Electricity Generated Using Biogas: How Energy Markets Work/Business Models
Moderator: Joseph Visalli, NYSERDA

USDA Rural Utility Service (53K)
Georg Shultz

Alliant Energy, Wisconsin (761K)
Duane Hanusa

East Central Energy, Minnesota (14.8MB)
Henry Fischer

2:30 PM

Financial Feasibility of Anaerobic Digesters (46K)
Dr. John Martin, Hall Associates

  • Key Considerations
  • Case Study: Farm Scale
  • Case Study: Regional Systems
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM

Funding Assistance and Other Incentive Programs
Moderator: Peter Wright, Cornell University

Federal Programs

The USDA Renewable Energy Program (675K)
Dr.William F. Hagy III, Deputy Administrator, Business Programs, USDA Rural Development Office

Digesters and the USDA EQIP Program (4.6MB)
Barry Kintzer, USDA National Resources Conservation

State Programs

NYSERDA’s Innovations in Agriculture Program (2.2MB)
Joe Visalli, The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

California's Dairy Power Production Program (2.7MB)
George Simons, California Energy Commission

Wisconsin’s Farm Biogas Initiative (791K)
Don Wichert, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation

Questions and Discussion
5:15-6:30 PM Reception

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Thursday, March 25, 2004

7:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM

Operating Experiences with Anaerobic Digestion
Moderator: Barry Kintzer, USDA-NRCS

Centralized Systems (621K)
Richard Mattocks, Environomics Inc.

Performance Evaluations: Barhams Farm, AA Dairy, and Colorado Pork (49K)
Dr. John Martin, Hall Associates

Panel Discussion on Operator/Developer Experiences

Swine (695K)
James Wells, HDR Engineering, Inc.

Dairy (18K)
Richard Waybright, Mason-Dixon Farm

Co-digestion (5.9MB)
Ted Mathews, Matlink

10:00 AM Break
10:30 AM

Resources Available from the AgSTAR Program

The Revised AgSTAR Handbook and Other Resources (686K)
Kurt Roos, US EPA

FarmWare, v2 (4.5MB)
Dr. Douglas Williams, California Polytechnic State University

11:45 AM Questions and Closure
12:00 Noon Adjourn

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