Michigan State University honored for its South Campus Anaerobic Digester
Michigan State University has been presented a Project of the Year Award from the American Biogas Council for the Michigan State University South Campus Anaerobic Digester. The innovative facility, designed and built by Anaergia, not only generates renewable energy, but also provides new sources of revenue and serves as an educational and outreach platform for one of the largest universities in the U.S.
The anaerobic digestion facility generates approximately 3,000 MWh per year of renewable energy by processing organic waste from campus dining halls, food processing facilities and university farms. In addition to renewable energy for campus use, the facility also diverts nearly 10,000 tons per year of organic waste from landfills and wastewater treatment plants.
“It’s an honor to receive this recognition. This is a unique project as it’s one of the largest operating anaerobic digesters on a University campus in the United States. Through collaboration with Anaergia and our teaching, research and outreach programs, we are developing new sustainable energy solutions that will have a positive impact in all regions of the world,” added Dana Kirk, Ph.D., P.E., Michigan State University, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and manager of the Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (ADREC).