Anaerobic Digestion Process Fundamentals and Management

Cornell CALS

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Cornell CALS


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Who should attend

Current anaerobic digester system owners, operators, and managers, and those considering installation of system for farm, food processing or municipal facilities, including those contemplating co-digestion of food waste or other off-site feedstock sources, project developers, digester system service providers, designers/engineers, extension specialists, renewable natural gas (RNG) developers, regulators, and governmental officials.

About the course

Anaerobic digestion is not a new process and many successful systems operate worldwide. However, opportunities exist to maximize outputs of existing systems and include management-based goals into new ones. The current industry movement towards receiving and converting food wastes and other materials co-digested with the main digester feed stream will also be included. More and better-managed digesters will help government, the general public, and the private sector achieve renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

This two full day short course provides participants with clarity about the underpinning operative microbiological populations and interactions that result in the desired product: Biomethane. Starting with the basics of anaerobic digestion microbiology, the course moves on to cover challenges and opportunities associated with maximizing microbiological degradation of varied sources of organic matter. Participants will learn not only what needs monitoring, but why. Important system design considerations that affect microbiological performance are included, and a light-hearted evening dinner session includes an open mic contest for participants to share digester stories, lessons learned, and ask questions. A unique prize will be awarded by audience vote for the declared best story.

Widely recognized national leaders and experts in the anaerobic digestion field will lead the course providing the broad cross-section of professional participants an understanding of the anaerobic digestion process and practical applications to achieve enhanced design and operation. Attendees will develop new relationships with counter-parts in the industry through scheduled networking breaks and an opening evening meet and greet time. Professional development hours (PDH) will be offered.


James Morris

James G. Morris chairs the Department of Operations and Information Management, and also directs its Information Systems program. He teaches operations research courses and a course on facilities location models. Morris’s research focuses on facilities location with special focus on distributi...

Peter Wright

With over 20 years' hands-on experience as a Petroleum Economist in the upstream oil and gas industry, Peter has a detailed understanding of the technical and financial aspects of the industry as well as the key determinants of project value and risk. He leverages his in-depth experience of numer...

John Novak

John T. Novak, Nick Prillaman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate p...

Enos Stover

Education BS, Civil Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1971 MS, Environmental Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1972 PhD, Environmental Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1974 Professional & Honorary Affiliations Water Environment Federation International Association on Wat...

Steve Zinder

I study the diversity of microorganisms in nature and chemical transformations they carry out that affect the environment. Areas Of Expertise Biogeochemistry Environmental Microbiology Microbial Diveristy Microbial Diversity Microbial Ecology Graduate Fields Genomics Microbiology Education D...

John Forcier

Professional Engineering Services include studies, designs, permitting assistance, professional construction management, construction administration/observation, cost opinions, and expert witness/due diligence. Specialties: Renewable energy, biogas, anaerobic digesters, substrates, organics to e...

Curt Gooch

Research Focus Dairy Environmental Systems Dairy Sustainability Cow comfort Dairy housing systems Dairy manure management/treatment Anaerobic digestion systems Agricultural air emissions Climate adaptation Outreach and Extension Focus The PRO-DAIRY Dairy Environmental Systems program, works clo...

Kevin Pedretti

Sales and business development professional with experience selling goods and services through direct, wholesale, and channel partners in business to business (B2B) companies. Technical mindset, personal delivery, high integrity Experienced and effective communicator from C-Level through staff ...

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