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PAST FUNDED PROJECTS

Title:  CEA Synergy Project


Title: Anaerobic Digester Technology Training Programs

Sponsor:  New York State Energy Research Development Authority

Dates:  2/2009 to 12/31/20012

Overview: The Anaerobic Digester Workforce Development Project is a NYSERDA funded project aimed at developing and delivering high quality educational programs targeted to a range of workforces within the dairy farm-based anaerobic digestion sector of the clean energy field. Included in the project plans, are five technical short-courses that will provide educational training to persons who are involved in the planning and implementation of dairy farm-based anaerobic digestion systems and to those currently or who will soon be managing existing operating systems. Also part of this project is to design and install 5-7 bench-scale lab setups to be used on farm and run by the digester operators.

Deliverables:

Anaerobic Digester Workforce Training Curriculum Development 

Anaerobic Digester Operator Discussion Group

On-Site Analytical Laboratories to Monitor Process Stability Of Anaerobic Digestion Systems

Analytical methods monitoring AD process, PROTOCOL I - basic system; performance

Analytical methods monitoring AD process, PROTOCOL II - basic system; stability

Analytical methods monitoring AD process, PROTOCOL III - advanced system; stability

Analytical methods monitoring AD process, PROTOCOL IV - advanced system; performance and stability


Title:   NYS Dairy Power Project

Sponsors:   USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services and New York State Energy Research Development Authority

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Overview:  To help inform funding decisions for small farm digesters, USDA-NRCS commissioned Cornell PRO-DAIRY to prepare a white paper outlining the challenges facing small farm digesters. The purpose of this paper is to assist granting agencies in developing policy to make best use of their grant dollars. In this paper, technical, regulatory and financial hurdles are discussed. Further, an economic analysis of varying funding sources and costs on digester feasibility was conducted.

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Cornell PRO-DAIRY, in collaboration with USEPA AgSTAR, USDA-NRCS and NYSERDA, hosted a National Manure Management Conference Entitled “Got Manure? Enhancing Environmental and Economic Sustainability.” Held in Syracuse NY, on March 28th and 29th 2012, this conference featured 30 speakers in 10 sessions, and 11 posters. In addition, the conference had a digester operator panel consisting of producers from New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin. The conference was attended by 300 registered people with a good representation of local, national and international backgrounds. A conference proceedings was developed from submitted papers which is available on this website, under “Past Events”.

In conjunction with the national manure management conference, Cornell PRO-DAIRY organized both a half day and full day tour for interested conference attendees. The half day tour consisted of visits to the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Community Digester, and Patterson Dairy Farm (both located in Auburn, NY.) The full day tour visited the same sites as the half day tour, but also included a visit to Synergy Dairy, in Covington, NY. On March 27th, 2012 104 people attended the full day tour, and 44 people attended the half day tour. Additionally, some individuals elected to drive to the tour locations themselves.

In conjunction with the “Got Manure?” conference, Cornell PRO-DAIRY, organized an industry trade show with 38 booths. The 34 companies (and 4 conference sponsors) represented national and international industry and government.


Title:  Biogas Distributed Generation Systems Evaluation and Technology Transfer

Sponsor:  New York State Energy Research Development Authority

Dates:  4/1/2001 to 6/30/2010

Overview:  Conceived, developed, and implemented a methodology to evaluate the performance of five on-farm, manure-based anaerobic digester systems in New York State for Phase I of the project. Subsequently, four of the same digesters and one new digester system was monitored for one year following the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI) performance evaluation protocol. At each farm, the performance evaluation of the anaerobic digester system included three main areas: 1) the conversion of biomass to biogas, 2) the conversion of biogas to useful energy, and 3) system economics.

Deliverables:

Performance Evaluation of Five On-Farm Digesters in NYS: Interim Report

Performance Evaluation of Seven On-Farm Digesters in NYS: Part 2


Title:  Feasibility Study of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Utilization Options for Lewis County Community Digester Project

Sponsor:  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County

Dates:  4/22/2009 to 6/30/2010

 Overview:  A feasibility feasibility study was conducted through funding provided by Senator Joseph Griffo of the 47th District in New York State to assess the multiple biomass-related components including: resource assessments, sampling and laboratory analyses (biochemical methane potential and nutrient concentration investigation), methane production estimations and trucking analyses. The scope of work also included biogas to energy conversion quantifications, digester site option investigations, and economic profitability analyses.

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Title:  Transferring Technology from NYSERDA Agricultural Innovation Manure Projects

Sponsor:  New York State Energy Research Development Authority

Dates:  1/1/2003 to 03/31/2010

Overview:  NYSERDA commissioned several waste-to-energy projects in New York State and this project was to analyze and report on the data collected from these project by others, and develop and deliver extension/outreach materials to farmers and their advisors.

Deliverables:  Most of the case studies, fact sheets and posters on this website were developed under this project


Title:  Evaluation of Anaerobic Digesters Located at Emerling Farm and Sunny Knoll Farm Following the ASERTTI Protocol, Task 2

Sponsor:  New York State Energy Research Development Authority

Dates:  3/1/0007 to 6/30/2011

Overview:  Two New York State on-farm dairy manure-based anaerobic digester systems were monitored for one year following the Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI) performance evaluation protocol. At each farm, the performance evaluation of the anaerobic digester system included three main areas: 1) the conversion of biomass to biogas, 2) the conversion of biogas to useful energy, and 3) system economics.

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Title:  Feasibility of Anaerobic Digestion of Sand-Laden Dairy Manure

Sponsor:  New York State Energy Research Development Authority

Dates:  12/23/2007 to 3/1/2007

Overview:  Sand is widely used for bedding dairy free stalls due to its superior ability to provide a comfortable surface for cows to lie on and also due to is non-organic composition. Anaerobic digestion is a prudent method to treat manure providing requisite odor control for many dairy farms that have long-term manure storages. However, the co-existence of sand bedding and anaerobic digestion on the same farm is not been possible do to challenges in handling sand-laden dairy manure. This project looked at the possibility of separating bedding sand pre- and post-digestion.

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Title:  Treating and Handling Manure on Dairy Farms to Protect the Environment

Sponsor:  New York State Energy Research Development Authority

Dates:  4/1/2000 to 7/30/2004

Overview:  This project consisted of developing a conceptual design, designing, constructing, and operating two innovative dairy manure treatment systems, one a biodrying system and the second a fixed-film anaerobic digester system. Subsequent to project commissioning, each was extensively evaluated to determine the efficacy of treatment manure and also for their economics.

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