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A Survey of Biogas Production Systems in Europe, and Their Application to North American Dairies

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Sixth International Dairy Housing Conference Proceeding, 16-18 June 2007, (Minneapolis, Minnesota) (Electronic Only)  701P0507e.(doi:10.13031/2013.22801)
Authors:   Harold K House, Jake DeBruyn, Rodenburg Jack
Keywords:   Keywords Anaerobic digestion, Biogas production, Methane production, Electricity generators

In August of 2006, 32 participants from Ontario, Canada traveled to the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark to survey sixteen farm based, and co-operative and community based anaerobic digester systems. Systems were operating successfully on farms milking from 100 cows to farms milking 4000 cows. The purpose of this paper is to report on why these systems are operating so successfully in Europe, and examine what technology, and requirements can be readily transferred to North America to make it a viable option for dairy producers.

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