Rethinking biogas: an emerging energy source in the Midwest

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 · 1–2 pm Central

Cost: 
Free
Length: 
1 hr 3 min
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The Midwest contains the world's largest concentration of productive agriculture and food processing, and produces enormous amounts of animal and food waste. The Midwest is also rich in woody biomass and other forestry resources that can be sustainably harvested.

However, only a tiny portion of these wastes is converted to biogas, a renewable substitute for natural gas that reduces fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas pollution. For agricultural waste alone, the Midwest's 55 anaerobic digesters pale in comparison to Germany's, which exceed 4,000 despite its significantly smaller agricultural output.

This webinar explores the potential for this renewable energy resource to grow by examining biogas sources, conversion technologies, and outputs together with energy policies needed to support them. With appropriate policy and deployment, biogas can become a substantial source of energy in the Midwest.

Also visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Biomass Energy Basics for a thorough introduction to the concept of bioenergy.