The goal of CBG research is to provide the data and understanding necessary to overcome questions of reliability and prove the economic and environmental value of digester-energy recovery systems to increase their implementation. The physical system includes the digester, energy recovery for combined heat and power, emissions to the environment, and value added products. The farmers, markets and regulatory structure comprise the social system considered in this research.
The research is generating quantifiable evidence of the technical, environmental, economic and social efficacy of this integrated system. Through data acquisition and mathematical optimization, the system can be understood well enough to ensure that the best aspects of the system can be replicated elsewhere to maximize the economic benefit to the farmer while minimizing deleterious environmental impacts.