Dr. Timothy Zauche
Department of Chemistry
Program of Sustainability & Renewable Energy Systems
Professor, Chemistry and Renewable Energy
2009 Anaerobic Digester Focus on Energy Feasibility Study:
In 2009, Chris Baxter and I completed
a feasibility study to implement a community based digester in the area as well
as a small-scale digester. The results
of these studies was that it can provide a payback of under 16 years and even
under 10 years if a suitable revenue stream for the digester solids can be
developed. These files are listed below.
Courses: (students check D2L for class notes and information)
I currently have a couple of grants that are looking to develop new markets for Bovine Biomass. These are solids removed from animal waste after it has been anaerobically digested. This includes developing a soilless potting mix for orchids with Dr. Compton, patent pending. I am also working with the USDA to demonstrate that the fibrous material can act as a substitute for sawdust in the making of fiber board.
I am also working to complete a feasibility study to install a Cluster Anaerobic digester in the Platteville Area. If my dream were to come true, we would install 2 digesters, one located at the campus farm and the other right here on campus. These digesters would take manure from local dairy farms and combine it with food waste from the area to generate biogas. This biogas (methane) could be cleaned up and used for electricity, heating source, or injected into the main natural gas pipeline for distribution as far as California.
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