UW Oshkosh breaks ground on new AD system
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and its partners recently broke ground on a new 1.4 MW biogas plant that will include a public education center at Pickett, Wis.-based Rosendale Dairy, the state’s largest dairy farm.
The $7 million project is funded by the UW Oshkosh Foundation and will utilize livestock waste to generate, capture and combust methane. In addition to supporting the university’s goal in creating a carbon-neutral campus, the facility will also provide its environmental science, microbiology, sociology and other students with an off-campus laboratory to develop expertise as renewable energy and rural social scientists.
Additional partners in the project include Milk Source, BioFerm, the Viessmann Group, Soil Net, Alliant Energy and Infinity Lawn and Garden. The Rosendale facility will produce seven times more energy than the existing UW Oshkosh dry-fermentation anaerobic biodigester, which went online in 2011. Both facilities feature technology provided by Viessmann and BioFerm.