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3-Day West Coast Digester Operator Training Course
San Francisco Bay Area
February 6-8, 2018
Tuition: $1600 for ABC and BAC members and $1,900 for non-members (includes lunches, various refreshments, and transportation)

After the success of the ABC's first operator training last June in Oshkosh, WI, we, in coordination with the Bioenergy Association of California, are bringing our 3-Day Operator Training Course to the West Coast! This February the ABC is providing an intensive operator training class for digester operators, operations managers, owners and developers. This hands-on, 3-day class will take place at multiple locations throughout the San Francisco Bay area, from South San Francisco to San Jose and the East Bay. Each class day will be filled with both classroom training and hands on participation at different operating digester sites. Group transportation will be provided from pick-up point at the preferred hotel.

Spots are limited.

Topics that will be covered:
- Introduction to the Science of AD
- Chemistry for Digesters
- Biogas Testing
- Lab testing and what does it mean?
- Cold weather issues, heat tracing with and without insulation
- Operations Manuals
- Operations Software, Remote Monitoring, Using Data
- Math for Digesters
- Odor Managment/Prevention
- Safety
- Detailed Plant Walk Throughs and Daily Checks
- Odor testing
- Plant Management and Data Tracking
- Site Maintenance
In coordination with

Schedule
Monday, February 5
Check in to preferred hotel:
Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites
170 Hegenberger Loop
Oakland, CA 94621

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Tuesday, February 6
Time  
Before 8:00a Breakfast on your own/at hotel (complimentary for guests)
8:00a - 9:00a Bus from hotel to classroom
9:00a - 12:00p

Classroom instruction at Blue Line Biogenic CNG Facility

500 E Jamie Ct
South San Francisco, CA 94080

12:00p - 1:00p Catered Lunch, Networking
1:00p - 2:00p Meet a Vendor (tentative)
2:00p - 4:30p Site Visit: Blue Line Biogenic CNG Facility
4:30p - 5:30p Bus from site to hotel
6:00p - 7:30p Dinner on your own

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Wednesday, February 7
Time  
Before 8:00a Breakfast on your own/at hotel (complimentary for guests)
8:00a - 9:00a Bus from hotel to classroom
9:00a - 12:00p

Classroom Instruction at San Jose Environmental Innovation Center

1608 Las Plumas Ave
San Jose, CA 95133

12:00p - 12:45p Catered Lunch, Networking
12:45p - 1:30p Meet a Vendor (tentative)
1:30p - 2:00p Bus from classroom to site
2:00p - 4:30p

Site Visit: Zero Waste Energy Development Company

685 Los Esteros Road
San Jose, CA 95134

4:30p - 5:30p Bus from site to hotel
6:00p - 7:30p Dinner on your own

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Thursday, February 8
Time  
Before 8:15a Breakfast on your own/at hotel (complimentary for guests)
8:15a - 9:00a Bus from hotel to classroom
9:00a - 12:00p

Classroom instruction at East Bay Muncipal Utility District (EBMUD)

2020 Wake Avenue
Oakland, CA 94607

12:00p - 1:00p Catered Lunch, Networking
1:00p - 3:30p Site Visit: EBMUD
3:30p Training completed! Bus will make one trip from EBMUD to Oakland airport

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Logistics
Preferred Hotel: Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites |170 Hegenberger Loop | Oakland, CA 94621. Email staff for discount code. We strongly urge you to stay at this hotel. The bus will be picking up and dropping off participants at this location. If you stay at another hotel, you must get to this hotel before the bus leaves or arrive at the first classroom training location each day before the bus arrives.

We have a room block at the Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites. Go to group reservation online or call (510) 633-0500 and mention American Biogas Council to book your room today!
Rate: $125/night (plus local tax)
Cut-off date: Thursday January 25 or until rooms sell out
Amenities: Free airport shuttle, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, complimentary parking (overnight for hotel guests, daytime only for non-hotel guests)

Airport: Oakland International Airport (OAK) is the closest Airport at 2 miles and should roughly take 6 min to get to the Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites.

Recommended Dress Code: No need to dress up. Wear jeans, shoes/boots (closed-toe shoes are mandatory) for being at a digester.

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