Anaerobic Digestion

The educational materials listed on this page are about Anaerobic Digestion.

Anaerobic digestion is a process of composting in which the materials are broken down under conditions that lack oxygen. The process is used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste or to produce fuels. Anaerobic digestion energy is one form of alternative energy that utilizes a vessel or digester, called an anaerobic digester, to convert biomass into a biogas. Anaerobic digesters can also be fed with energy crops such as corn. Facilities that recycle nutrients often have a biogas generator in addition to a biogas digester or a methane digester. Key practices include byproduct utilizationbioenergy and biofuelsanaerobic digestionbiodieselbiofuel feedstocksnutrient cyclingmunicipal wastesrenewable energy.

SARE’s book Building a Sustainable Business can aid producers in building both a sustainable and profitable business plan that includes renewable energy and biofuel created from anaerobic digestion processes. The SARE bulletin Clean Energy Farming: Cutting Costs, Improving Efficiencies, Harnessing Renewables helps farmers utilize clean energy practices on their operations and recycle nutrients. Utilizing this resource may help you implement farming practices that both save energy and protect natural resources, and produce and use renewable fuels. The Farm Energy Topic Room provides a wealth of information on clean energy topics, including biodiesel, farm energy audits, solar and wind energy, and more.

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