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Anaerobic Digester at Beef and Sheep Study (Proposed)

Project History

  • 11/17/2020

    On November 17th, the Energy iCAP Team met to discuss student, staff, and chair priorities for forming new recommendations. The team decided on starting to develop three different recommendations in the future:

  • 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.

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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