EDITOR’S NOTE: This press release has been updated from a version published on May 27th to include a recording of the webinar.
AMES, Iowa — Learn about emerging concepts in biogas digestion and on-farm biogas by watching this recording of the Iowa Learning Farms webinar that was held on Wednesday, June 2.
Edward Johnstonbaugh, extension program specialist at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), focuses on the fundamentals of design and operation of anaerobic digesters that generate electricity in a combined heat and power format. He explains how system efficiency is fundamental to successful renewable energy production.
Matthew McVey, a doctoral graduate student at Penn State, covers emerging concepts and current research interests in the field of anaerobic digestion. He discusses new and emerging feedstocks, processes for enhancing digestion performance, novel markets for digestion products, and the necessity for new business models to be designed around farm digesters.
“Even though the practice of anaerobic digestion has been around for a long time, there continues to be the emergence of novel techniques and exciting research associated with the topic,” said McVey.
Johnstonbaugh worked for a number of years in the electric utility and electricity delivery business. Since joining Penn State Extension, he has concentrated on renewable energy generation in distributed settings. McVey is a doctoral graduate student in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State. His current research focus is on enhanced anaerobic digestion of poultry litter.
Archived webinars are available at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.
About Iowa Learning Farms
Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation by encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and GROWMARK, Inc.
Hilary Pierce Jacqueline Comito
Extension Outreach Specialist ILF Program Director
— Iowa Learning Farms
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