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Biogas course for operators


January 24, 2011
By Ridgetown College

January 17, 2011,
Cambridge, Ont – Green energy was given the green light when the Ontario Green
Energy Act was passed in 2009. Since then, solar and wind projects have been
springing up across the province. Anaerobic digesters to produce biogas have
also gained popularity, and an upcoming course on biogas production will be of
value to people involved in this new technology.

January 17, 2011,
Cambridge, Ont – Green energy was given the green light when the Ontario Green
Energy Act
was passed in 2009. Since then, solar and wind projects have been
springing up across the province. Anaerobic digesters to produce biogas have
also gained popularity, and an upcoming course on biogas production will be of
value to people involved in this new technology.

Operating Your Biogas
Facility
is a three-day (February 8-10, 2011) course designed for owners and operators
of biogas facilities, as well as engineers, consultants and others who want to
learn more about biogas operations. It is being held at the Best Western
Cambridge Hotel
, 730 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, Ont.

Knowledgeable speakers
will give participants practical information and teach the safe and efficient
operation of a biogas plant. The course includes an overview of biogas
production and use, a tour of two biogas plants, an update on regulations, and
information on safety, inspection and troubleshooting.

The registration fee for
the program is $400 + HST and includes the full program, a reference manual,
and refreshments and lunch each day

One of the featured
workshop leaders is Earl Jensen, a professional engineer at Alberta Innovates –
Technology Futures
in Vegreville, Alberta.
With a diverse background in the biogas field, he has worked extensively on
anaerobic digestion equipment with a variety of input materials, and his
knowledge extends from the laboratory to full-scale industrial biogas plant
design and operation.

“It is the intent of
this course to provide solid fundamental information that will help biogas
plant operators understand the intertwined processes occurring within their
biogas plant,” Jensen said. “This information should prove to be a useful tool
for improving plant performance, problem solving and advancing knowledge on the
subject.”

The second featured
speaker is Birgit Pfeifer. She is an environmental engineer from Germany who
has been involved in screening and monitoring of biogas plants in Europe for a
number of years. She works in cooperation with operators and focuses on
variance analysis, evaluation, engineering settings, biological process,
measurements and start-up of new biogas plants. She has also spoken at several
biogas training sessions in Ontario over the past several years.


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