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Anaerobic Digestion Shortcourse Agenda

Operating Manure-Based Anaerobic Digestion Systems to Maximize Environmental and Economic Benefits

All sessions will take place in 164 Morrison Hall unless otherwise noted below.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

11:00 a.m. Registration (348 Morrison Hall)
11:45 a.m. Lunch (348 Morrison Hall)
Welcome and Introductions
12:20 p.m. Overview of the Anaerobic Digestion System and Benefits
Curt Gooch, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
12:40 p.m. White Board Session No. 1: "What are specific things I am looking to get out of this shortcourse?"
Peter Wright, P.E. and Curt Gooch, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
Session 1: Anaerobic Digestion System Constraints and Opportunities
1:00 p.m. How much material can my digester process?
Peter Wright, P.E., Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
1:30 p.m. How about my mixing systerm?
Dr. James Morris, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Dr. Dana Kirk, Michigan State University
2:00 p.m. Moderated Operator's Panel
TBD
3:15 p.m. Networking Break
Session 2: Biogas Production and Monitoring
3:45 p.m. Microbiological basics as applied to anaerobic digestion management
Dr. Stephanie Lansing, University of Maryland
4:30 p.m. Measuring biogas production and composition
David Belcher, P.E., Camco Clean Energy
Session 3: Co-Digestion
5:00 p.m. Substrates and sourcing substrate considerations
Chris Noble, Natural Upcycling
5:30 p.m. Adjourn - travel to Ithaca Marriott
Evening Session at Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception at Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons
120 South Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850
6:45 p.m. Stations Dinner (Ithaca Marriott)
7:30 p.m. Evening Program:  Manure-Derived Biogas to Renewable Natural Gas for Over- the-Road Milk Trucks and Absolute Don’ts when Planning and Operating an Anaerobic Digester
Mark Stoermann, Newtrient, LLC
9:00 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, December 13, 2018

Session 3: Co-Digestion (continued)
8:00 a.m. Managing substrates
Steve McGlynn, EnviTec-Biogas USA
8:30 a.m. Considerations with Co-digestion
Peter Wright, P.E., Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
9:00 a.m. How do I find out possible biogas production of substrates and substrates mixed with manure?
Dr. Dana Kirk, Michigan State University
9:30 a.m. Monitoring in-vessel performance and use of field data to manage operative anaerobic microbes
Dr. James Morris, P.E., and Dr. Jason Oliver, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
10:15 a.m. Anaerobic Digester System Odor Control
Dr. James Morris, P.E., Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
10:30 a.m. Networking Break
Session 4:  Biogas Treatment for Traditional End Use
10:45 a.m. Overview of Biogas Treatment
Curt Gooch, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
11:15 a.m. Moisture removal
Dr. Dana Kirk, Michigan State University
11:45 a.m. Hydrogen sulfide removal
Dr. Jason Oliver, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
12:15 p.m. Lunch (348 Morrison Hall)
Session 5:  Biogas Utilization and Management
1:00 p.m. Boilers
Dr. Tim Shelford and Curt Gooch, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
1:20 p.m. Engine-generator sets – Basics
Richard Mattocks, Martin Energy Group
1:50 p.m. Engine-generator sets – Operations and Maintenance
Jon Patterson, Patterson Farms and Loren Barloon, Aurora Ridge Dairy
2:35 p.m. Ice Cream Break
3:10 p.m. Engine-generator sets - Options for output
Allison Muehe, P.E., Antares Energy Group, Inc.
4:00 p.m. Recovering heat from anaerobic digester systems
Derek Hundert, PlanET Biogas
4:30 p.m. Estimating heat recoverable and potential uses
Dr. Tim Shelford, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
4:50 p.m. Managing excessive biogas
Derek Hundert, PlanET Biogas
5:15 p.m. Adjourn
Dinner on your own

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Session 6: Biogas Utilization - Biomethane/RNG for Liquid Fuel Replacement
8:00 a.m. Basics of biomethane/RNG, comparison to liquid fuels, & local/US demands
Johannes Escudero, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
8:30 a.m. Biogas carbon dioxide removal and compressing to RNG
Mike Mitariten, Advanced Separations, Air Liquide
Session 7:  Anaerobic Digestion and Greenhouse Gas Reduction/Value
9:15 a.m. Manure-based greenhouse gases
Peter Wright, P.E., Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
10:00 a.m. Credits/Monetization of reductions
David Belcher, P.E., Camco Clean Energy
10:30 a.m. Break
Session 8:  The Anaerobic Digester System and Operator Safety
10:45 a.m. Hierarchy of controls for hazard elimination/reduction, anaerobic digester unit operations: hazards and control measures, and confined spaces
Nellie Brown, MS, CIH, Director, Workplace and Safety Program, Cornell
11:30 a.m. White Board Session No. 2:  “Project topics for analysis and discussion”
Curt Gooch, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
12:15 p.m. Adjourn