Anaerobic Digester Operator Training

May 7, 2019 - May 9, 2019 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

4090 College Rd Lansing, MI 48910

Contact: For more infromation, contact Dana Kirk at 517-432-6530 or

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, May 7-9, 2019, 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 $1200 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch and some snacks.


May 7
10 a.m. - noon

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
Other basic topics
12 - 1 p.m.

Lunch (provided)
1 - 5 p.m.

Snacks & refreshments (provided)
Data collection, interpretation and operational changeChemical analysis & operational parameters
Interpretation of analysis
Troubleshooting common operational challenges
Determining system capacity & efficiency
5 - 7 p.m.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

May 8
8:30 a.m. - noon

Continental breakfast & refreshments (provided)
Anaerobic digester operationsFeedstock 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 MSU South Campus Anaerobic Digester
Snacks & refreshments (provided)
Safety for anaerobic digestionStandards
Personal protective equipment
Emergency planning

May 9
8:30 a.m. - noon

Continental breakfast & refreshments (provided)
Revenue generation & environmental benefitsBiogas 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 potentialNutrient concentration technologies
Utilization of digestate
Nutrient marketing & value generation

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be made in full for cancellations made before May 1, 2019. No funds will be given for cancellations on or after May 1, 2019, or for no-shows.

Discounted lodging is available at the Best Western Okemos for $99 per night. To make a reservation, call the hotel directly at 517-349-8700 and mention you are with the Anaerobic Digester Operator Training.


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