American Biogas Council


3-Day Operator Training Course

The American Biogas Council and UW-Oshkosh have put together a first class in-person, hands on training program for operators, operations managers, owners and developers, supplemented with classroom teaching. UW-Oshkosh offers you the unique opportunity to not only visit and learn 3 different digester types, but to also take advantage of the teaching atmosphere fostered at these biogas systems to turn valves and learn, hands-on, how to make sure you're making good decisions at your digester for its optimal operation while also learning to notice new early warning signs that can help you avoid costly problems or catch them sooner. Barring unforeseen issues, UW-Oshkosh is planning to suspend some normal maintenance and repairs in the days leading up to the workshop to give you the chance to implement them. 

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6/13/2017 - 6/15/2017
3-Day Digester Operator Training Course (in-person)
A new, intensive operator training class for digester operators, operations managers, owners and developers. This hands-on, 3-day class will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Classroom training and hands on participation at three different operating digester sites, each with a different type of digester: continuous mix, dry fermentation and mixed plug flow systems. CEU's available. More>>

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