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American Biogas Council

3-Day Digester Operator Training Course
UW Oshkosh | Oshkosh, WI
June 13, 14, 15, 2017
Tuition: $1450 (includes lodging and meals)

Come learn from top digestion operations experts to increase biogas production, digestate quality, revenue and avoid costly, time-consuming and smelly mistakes for your digester.  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.

When you register, your responsibility will be to get to campus and come ready to learn and work on site. We'll take care of your housing, 3 meals/day and transportation from campus to the digester sites each day.

Over the 3 days, digester operations experts from the American Biogas Council and UW-Oshkosh will start the morning with you in the classroom to review operations basics and new advanced subjects. Late morning, we'll head to the site to spend half or more of each day learning from and working with the operations team at one of 3 different digesters. 

Spots are limited. Register today!

NEW! Detailed Agenda

June 13
Time Topic Lead
8:00 Safety and Reminder Instructions ABC & UW
8:15
8:30 Introduction to the Science of AD ABC/BS
8:45
9:00 Safety: General Safety, PPE, Lock out/Tag out, H2S, Confined Space Entry ABC
9:15
9:30
9:45
10:00 Break  
10:15 Math for Digesters ABC/BS
10:30 Odor Management/Prevention ABC/BS
10:45
11:00 Lunch  
11:15
11:30 Travel to Site #1 (Urban Dry AD)  
11:45 Site Specific Safety  
12:00 General background of the site UW
12:15 Review process diagram UW
12:30 Brief tour and site familiarization UW
12:45
13:00 Break  
13:15 Split into groups for detailed walk through with process diagram UW
13:30
13:45
14:00 Odor Testing, Biofilter Removal Efficiency, H2S and Data Analysis UW
14:15
14:30
14:45
15:00 Break  
15:15 Feedstock Management, tracking and reporting UW
15:30
15:45
16:00 Collection of lab samples UW
16:15
16:30 Going through plant SOPs, using plant operting software, CHP oil change, opening and closing of Dry AD fermenter Doors, etc. UW
16:45
17:00
17:15
17:30
17:45 Lessons Learned and Q&A with Operators UW
18:00

June 14
Time Topic Lead
8:00 Safety Reminder and National Lessons Learned in Operations ABC/BS
8:15
8:30 Chemistry for Digesters ABC/CS
8:45
9:00 Biogas Testing ABC/MON
9:15
9:30 Break  
9:45 Lab Testing and What Does it All Mean UW
10:00
10:15
10:30 Tour and detailed walk through of the UW ERIC lab + Q&A with lab staff UW
10:45
11:00 Lunch  
11:15
11:30 Travel to Site #2 (Rosendale Dairy AD)  
11:45
12:00 Site Specific Safety UW
12:15 General background of the site UW
12:30 Review process diagram UW
12:45 Brief tour and site familiarization UW
13:00
13:15 Break  
13:30 Split into groups for detailed walk through with process diagram UW
13:45
14:00
14:15 Site maintenance plan, daily checks, spare parts inventory, etc. UW
14:30
14:45
15:00
15:15 Break  
15:30 CHP Specific and Spark Plug monitoring program UW
15:45
16:00
16:15 Mixing, pumping and separator issues - pull apart pump, screen, or other hands on items UW
16:30
16:45
17:00
17:15
17:30
17:45 Lessons Learned and Q&A with Operators UW
18:00
June 15
Time Topic Lead
8:00 Safety Reminder, Advanced AD Technologies ABC/CS
8:15
8:30 Cold Weather Issues, Heat Tracing with and Without Insulation UW
8:45
9:00 Operations Manuals ABC/CS
9:15
9:30 Break  
9:45 Operations Software, Remote Monitoring UW
10:00 Travel to Site #3  
10:15
10:30 Site Specific Safety UW
10:45 General Background of the Site UW
11:00 Brief Tour and Site Familiarization UW
11:15
11:30
11:45 Lunch  
12:00
12:15 Split into groups for detailed walk through with process diagram UW
12:30
12:45
13:00 Site maintenance (general, CHP, pumps, etc.) UW
13:15
13:30 Break  
13:45 Feedstock, integreation with the small farm, winter issues, key challenges, etc UW
14:00
14:15
14:30 Q&A with the Farmer, and his Prospective UW
14:45
15:00 Travel back to campus and adjourn  
15:15

Logisitcs
Airport: Appleton (ATW) is the closest Airport at 21 miles and should roughly take 30 min to get to the Gruenhagen Conference Center. Milwaukee (MKE) will also work if you can find a better deal on flights, it is 94 miles and approximately a 1.5 hour drive.

Address and Directions (lodging): Lodging will be available for June 12, 13, & 14.
Taylor Hall | 780 High Avenue |Oshkosh, WI | 54901
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Parking: Just past Taylor Hall on the right hand side of the road (one way street), in the parking ramp. You may need to pay for short term parking in the ramp until you purchase a pass in Taylor for the duration of your stay. Parking passes are available for $3/day. Parking map>>

Location to Start Day 1: ERIC Lab | 783 Pearl Ave | Oshkosh, WI 54901 More>>


Recommended Dress Code: No need to dress up. Wear jeans, etc for summer and being outside and shoes/boots for being at a digester. We can provide any gloves, eye and hearing protection that is needed.

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