Clarkson Biomass Group (CBG)
- Pilot and full scale anaerobic digestion, co-generation systems are being installed at the North Harbor Dairy farm near Lake Ontario.
- Data from the digester and energy recovery system will be used to validate the mathematical model and software created for design studies and to optimize the economic return from existing digester systems.
- Environmental and economic impacts of the overall project are being quantified from a systems perspective.
- In-depth interiews and a survey of dairy farmers are being conducted to understand the motivations for installing the anaerobic digester and energy recovery system, experiences with the systems and the socio-economic factors that influence the relative propensity to install the systems.
The organizations currently sponsoring the CBG’s work, and the funds each has contributed, are:
- New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets ($1,000,000)
“Dairy Farm Power and Energy from Agricultural Wastes: Increasing Profitability and Reducing Environmental Impact”
- New York State Energy Research and Development Agency ($200,000)
“Methane Digester with added-value greenhouse”
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ($805,938)
“Environmental and Economic Performance of an Integrated, Value Added Digester-Cogeneration Process”
- New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (Clarkson subcontractor to Coolbrands project), $35,000
- U.S. Department of Energy ($247,500)
“Energy Economics of Farm Biogas In Cold Climates”
- Clarkson University (cost sharing of all graduate student tuition), $250,000.
In addition, North Harbor Dairy directly received a USDA Rural Development Grant of $250,000 to be used primarily for digester system capital costs.