Food Waste to Energy: How Does That Work? [F-19-21]

Presenter: Stefan Grimberg, Jan DeWaters
Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm
Classes: 1 Session 2.0 hours
Dates: Mon 1:00 PM 09/16
Status: Course Closed

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Food waste represents more than 20% of our waste discarded to landfills. Instead of throwing it away, our food waste can be processed to recover important resources: ENERGY and FERTILIZER. We will describe the process of using anaerobic digestion to produce biogas from food waste, and we will present results from a ‘food-to-energy’ outreach program with Canton Central School and Cornell Cooperative Extension Service. Canton students collected their food waste over the past school year and brought it to the farm to be treated by Clarkson’s anaerobic digester at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm. The classroom presentation will be followed by a tour of the actual treatment system.

Jan DeWaters and Stefan Grimberg are both faculty at Clarkson University. Jan teaches freshmen engineering students about the significance of engineering contributions to our society, and she also teaches courses in sustainable energy systems. Stefan is interested in improving anaerobic digestion systems so they will be economically viable for smaller farms or smaller waste generators.

NOTE: Participants should come prepared to spend time outside.

Cap: 25

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