Anaerobic Digester Operator Training

Date: October 23, 2018 - October 25, 2018
Location: Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (ADREC) 4090 College Rd Lansing, MI 48910
Contact: Dana Kirk, 517.432.6530,

Biogas production from organic waste can be used to enhance environmental conditions and generate renewable energy. A unique mix of biological and mechanical expertise is required by operators to start, maintain the operation of and troubleshoot problems with anaerobic digesters. The purpose of this training is to provide guidance to anaerobic digester operators that will enable them to safely maximize biogas production and system life.

Join us for this three day training, October 23-25, designed for operators of anaerobic digesters. The workshop will focus on development of intermediate to advanced operation skills that can be applied to agricultural, industrial and municipal systems. We expect a diverse audience including operators, system supervisors, owners, developers, and investors.  Participants will be exposed to a mix of classroom lectures, laboratory analysis and site visits to local systems.

The course will be held at the Michigan State University Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center with instruction provided by industry and academic experts. 

Topics to be covered:

  • Interpreting data and making operational changes
  • Managing feedstock variability
  • Operations through seasonal change
  • Biogas utilization (RIN’s, renewable natural gas, electricity, addressing production fluctuations, and other related topics)
  • Environmental benefits (GHG emissions reduction, nutrient trading markets, and other related topics)
  • Digestate management
  • System Safety

Registration Fee:

Registration is $1000 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch and some snacks.


October 23

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Introduction to Anaerobic Digestion – This session is suggested for individuals with minimal experience with anaerobic digestion systems, the core program will start in the afternoon.
    • Basic science/biology
    • Technologies
    • Terminology
    • Other basic topics

12 to 1 p.m.

  • Lunch (provided)

1 to 5 p.m.

  • Snacks & refreshments (provided)
  • Data collection, interpretation and operational change
    • Chemical analysis & operational parameters
    • Interpretation of analysis
    • Troubleshooting common operational challenges
    • Determining system capacity & efficiency

5 to 7 p.m.

  • Social and Tour of South Campus Anaerobic Digester with US Compost Council Training Class.  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

October 24

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Continental breakfast & refreshments (provided)
  • Anaerobic digester operations
    • Feedstock sourcing & variability
    • Operational planning
    • Operations through seasonal changes
    • Preventative maintenance
    • Tools for tracking performance

12 - 1 p.m.

  • Lunch (provided)

1-5 p.m.

  • Tour of Delhi Township Wastewater Treatment – 2 Phase Anaerobic Digester Plant
  • Snacks & refreshments (provided)
  • Safety for anaerobic digestion
    • Standards
    • Practices
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Emergency planning

October 25

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Continental breakfast & refreshments (provided)
  • Revenue generation & environmental benefits
    • Biogas analysis
    • Biogas utilization technologies
    • Understanding Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)
    • Greenhouse gas reductions
    • Testing and documentation to monetize environmental attributes

12-1 p.m.

  • Lunch (provided)

1-3 p.m.

  • Digestate management & market potential
    • Nutrient concentration technologies
    • Utilization of digestate
    • Nutrient marketing & value generation

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be made in full for cancellations made before Oct. 15, 2018. No funds will be given for cancellations on or after Oct. 15, 2018 or for no-shows.


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