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Anaerobic Digester at Beef and Sheep Study (Proposed)

Project History

  • 1/30/2020

    Worked on Anaerobic Digestor presentation: added food waste energy potential and emissions, edited biogas use section, discussed structure, format and next steps.

  • 12/6/2019

    Discussed progress with biogas presentation, contacts for additional information for presentation, steps toward drafting a biogas recommendation (i.e. multi-SWATeam meeting), timeline for presentation and recommendation completion.

Project Family


This project will provide a study to investigate the feasibility of installing an Anaerobic Methane Digester in the area of the University’s South Farms to capture renewable energy from beef, sheep and/or dairy cow waste. The study will assess the possibility of an on-site digester at one site, with one digester system of animal waste. The study will identify useful “Waste/Organics to Energy Efforts” using available technology paths and options that match the goals and expectations of the UIUC stakeholders and project team, to deliver to UIUC a “Renewable Energy Waste/Organics to Fuel Study.” We will also include a section to address the goal to pursue carbon offsets in the project. We will use “The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP)” to address greenhouse gas reduction strategies compliance.

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Morgan Johnston

    Project Leader:

    Jim Sims

    Team Members:

    • Jack Dempsey
    • Teresa Tousignant


  • Proposed March 16, 2012
    Proposed by Jack Dempsey
    Investigated May 4, 2018
    Investigated by Cary Adams


Project Location(s)

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