American Biogas Council

2nd Annual 5-Day Digester Operator Training Course
UW Oshkosh | Oshkosh, WI
June 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 2018
Tuition: $2300 for ABC members, $2600 for non-members (includes lodging and meals)

Come learn from top digestion operations experts to increase biogas production, digestate quality, revenue and avoid costly, time-consuming and smelly mistakes for your digester.  The American Biogas Council and UW-Oshkosh have put together a first class in-person, hands on training program for operators, operations managers, owners and developers, supplemented with classroom teaching.

UW-Oshkosh offers you the unique opportunity to not only visit and learn 3 different digester types, dry, continuous, and plug flow, but to also take advantage of the teaching atmosphere fostered at these biogas systems to turn valves and learn, hands-on, how to make sure you're making good decisions at your digester for its optimal operation while also learning to notice new early warning signs that can help you avoid costly problems or catch them sooner. Barring unforeseen issues, UW-Oshkosh is planning to suspend some normal maintenance and repairs in the days leading up to the workshop to give you the chance to implement them.

When you register, your responsibility will be to get to campus and come ready to learn and work on site. We'll take care of your housing, 3 meals/day and transportation from campus to the digester sites each day.

Over the 5 days, digester operations experts from the American Biogas Council and UW-Oshkosh will start the morning with you in the classroom to review operations basics and new advanced subjects. Late morning, we'll head to the site to spend half or more of each day learning from and working with the operations team at one of 3 different digesters. 

Spots are limited.


Monday, June 18
AM: Digester Operations pt. 1
PM: Digester Operations pt. 2

Tuesday, June 19
AM: Digester Operations pt. 3
PM: Site Visit

Wednesday, June 20
AM: Safety pt. 1
PM: Safety pt. 2

Thursday, June 21
AM: Safety Exam + Digestate Management
PM: Site Visit

Friday, June 22
AM: Energy Conversion
PM: Site Visit

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Topics Covered:

  • Chemistry for Digesters
  • Math for Digesters
  • Digester equipment
  • Feedstock pre-processing
  • Liquid and solid digestate separation
  • Nutrient management
  • Land application best practices
  • Engines
  • Gas scrubbing and upgrading
  • RNG
  • PPE
  • Lockout/Tag out
  • H2S
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Digestate certification
  • Digestate characteristics
  • Odor
  • Digestate storage
  • Vectors
  • Coarse and fine solids separation
  • Microturbines
  • Nutrient separation
  • Gas upgrading
  • Clean water solutions
  • Transportation
  • Gas compression, injection and odorizing

Airport: Appleton (ATW) is the closest Airport at 21 miles and should roughly take 30 min to get to the Gruenhagen Conference Center. Milwaukee (MKE) will also work if you can find a better deal on flights, it is 94 miles and approximately a 1.5 hour drive.

Address and Directions (lodging): Lodging will be available for June 17-21. Lodging is dorm-style (everyone gets their own room, bathrooms are shared by gender).
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Recommended Dress Code: No need to dress up. Wear jeans, etc for summer and being outside and shoes/boots (closed-toe shoes are mandatory) for being at a digester. We can provide any gloves, eye and hearing protection that is needed.

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