UWO, partners dedicate innovative biodigester

Posted on May 19, 2011. Filed under: Biomass, Energy independence |

Dedication ceremony attendees take a look inside one of four concrete biodigester chambers.
From an article by Amanda Wimmer on UW Oshkosh Today:

Once up and running, the nation’s first commercial-scale dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester — an innovative system transforming heaps of food waste and lawn clippings into renewable energy — will produce enough electricity for at least 210 homes per year.

It will also pump out enough energy to heat another, at least, 180 homes per year.

And it will accomplish all this from its modest corner at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus, which itself expects to benefit, with about 10 percent of its electricity and heat emanating from the innovative plant.

UW Oshkosh hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication May 18 to celebrate one more of the institution’s many renewable and sustainable energy initiatives.

“We need to expand the notion of sustainability so it gets highlighted and integrated into all we do,” said Chancellor Richard Wells. “This facility really represents that…it allows us to enhance the state-of-the-art teaching and research happening here.”

Photo by Jason Toney, UW Oshkosh


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