U.S. EPA AgSTAR Infographic Highlights Contributions of Anaerobic Digestion to Agriculture Sector
Adding a multitude of benefits and eliminating a variety of problems all in one, use of anaerobic digestion systems would aid rural and many other communities dependent on agriculture.
Sludge lagoons and other elements of common farming installations are examples of missed opportunities to turn unavoidable waste into economic benefits, and empower farmers to become decentralized energy hubs that can be immune to many of the risks associated with pollution and conditions of inputs for farming operations (like animal feed, water, fuel, and more).
Biomass processing aids in turning livestock waste into a variety of resources for farmers. Over the past decades, the EPA AgSTAR program has played a role in several hundred projects for a variety of livestock types, all of which have provided numerous benefits such as:
- A source for distributed energy generation in rural areas
- Renewable energy to generate electricity and use as a fuel for boilers or furnaces, offsetting fossil fuel use
- Pipeline quality gas or compressed natural gas that can be sold as a renewable fuel
- Improved relationships with neighbors due to reduced odor levels from manure storage and spreading
- Products for use on the farm, such as animal bedding and high quality fertilizer
For related Team Gemini developments, both small- and large-scale technologies are available which are suitable for any rural communities. This includes a set of products related to industry-leading UDR plants, including the small-scale MonoTube, as well as numerous pre- and post-treatment technology options that are part of optimizing inputs and outputs. Water treatment is another important facet of the agriculture sector, and team members like A3 provide a variety of solutions to treat this precious resource.
Team Gemini engages biomass developments as a joint effort between waste processing (strictly organic and non-organic waste, cellulosic waste, and contaminated organic waste) and resource generation. Many technologies ultimately impact this goal, including protecting and treating valuable water resources, employing sustainable agriculture, and implementing proper methods of waste management.
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The original infographic can be found at this link.