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Agenda

All sessions will take place in Stocking Hall at Cornell University, except dinner and evening session.  Dinner and Evening Session will be held at The Statler Hotel at Cornell University.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

7:30 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM Welcome and Course Overview
James Morris - Cornell PRO-DAIRY Dairy Environmental Systems Program

Session 1. Basics of Anaerobic Digestion Microbiology

Moderator: James Morris
8:45 AM Methane Generation Process Microbiology
Will Clarkson - Professor Emeritus Oklahoma State University
10:00 AM Networking Break

Session 2. Critical Microbial Processes in Anaerobic Digestion

Moderator: Curt Gooch, Cornell PRO-DAIRY Dairy Environmental Systems Program
10:30 Methanogenic Microbiology
Steve Zinder – Professor of Microbiology, Cornell University  
12:00 Digester Start-up Implications
John Novak – Professor Emeritus Virginia Polytechnic and State University
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Process Monitoring, Control, and Corrective Actions for Simple Feedstock
John Novak
3:15 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM Predicting Biogas Quantity and Quality - Methods and Inherent Challenges in Estimating Biogas Production in Practice
Enos Stover – President, The Stover Group
5:00 PM Adjourn
6:30 PM Dinner at The Statler Hotel
7:15 PM Evening Session at The Statler Hotel - Moderated Open Mic Contest
Light Hearted, perhaps even fun! Digestion stories, unique projects, dialog, questions and answers
Moderator:  Peter Wright, Cornell PRO-DAIRY Dairy Environmental Systems Program
8:15 PM Adjourn

Thursday, January 16, 2020

7:00 AM Breakfast

Session 3.  Co-Digestion

Moderator:  Peter Wright
8:00 AM       Co-Digestion of Imported Organics – Practical Considerations
Curt Gooch
 
Co-Digestion of Imported Organics – Practical Considerations - Depacking
Kevin Pedretti, Scott Equipment Company
9:00 AM     Digester System Supplements / Admixtures
James Morris  
9:30 AM Walking the Fine Line:  Maximizing Digester Output without Undue Risk to Consistent Operation
John Forcier – President Forcier Consulting Engineers
10:00 AM Networking Break

Session 4.  Microbiological Challenges

Moderator:  Peter Wright
10:30 AM Trouble Shooting:  Possible Upsets and Their Resolutions
John Novak
11:30 AM Lunch

Session 5.  Moderated Digester Operator Panel

12:30 Digester Operator Panel
Moderator:  Mac Richardson - Superintendent, Lewiston Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority

Session 6.  Maximizing Methane and Avoiding Toxics

Moderator:  Curt Gooch
1:45 PM Methane Enhancement and Potential Inhibition
Will Clarkson

Session 7.  Design Considerations

Moderator:  Curt Gooch
2:15 PM Reactor & System Design Basics
Enos Stover  
3:15 PM Practical Design Realities
John Forcier
4:00 PM Moderated Wrap – Up Summary Session
James Morris
4:30 PM Adjourn