Educational Videos

This video demonstrates how to set up an easy anaerobic digestion experiment for bioenergy production with simple kitchen materials such as vinegar, baking soda, water bottles, etc.

 

The Touchstone Algae research project in Wayne County is looking to reduce carbon emissions and make biofuel from the simple and natural properties of algae. 

 

 "Energy Conservation on the Farm at the Huls Dairy" provides information about the operation of Montana's first methane digester for a dairy operation. The project was a huge success and is currently producing enough power to run the entire dairy operation and one home. The digesters are located at the Huls Dairy Farm in Corvallis, Montana. The video shows the digesters at work using the methane gasses to produce energy. The video also explains other benefits from the installation of the digesters including commercial composting, fuel, fertilizer, and irrigation savings.

The anaerobic methane digester offsets the electrical costs of the dairy operation and reduces greenhouse gas emissions at the farm. Manure from the free-stall barn is collected using alley scrapers and deposited in the methane digester. The manure is broken down through a biological process which produces methane gas. The methane gas is then used to power an engine and generator to produce electricity.

 

Many traditional waste hauling companies such as Waste Management have shifted capital investment away from landfills and toward materials recovery facilities that enable single stream recycling.  The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio or SWACO just announced a shift away from traditional landfilling with plans to develop a green energy park to create fuel from waste.  This video demonstrates how anaerobic digestion can be an important part of overall waste management.