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dc.contributor.advisorSharvelle, Sybil
dc.contributor.authorLasker, Jeff
dc.contributor.committeememberFontane, Darrell
dc.contributor.committeememberKeske, Catherine
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-03T05:55:38Z
dc.date.available2007-01-03T05:55:38Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.description2013 Summer.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractAnaerobic digestion is a biological process used to convert organic wastes into a stable product while also producing methane for energy generation. The end product can be land applied without adverse environmental effects. The implementation possibilities of anaerobic digestion in Colorado have great potential with an estimated 14 million dollars in potential energy generation revenue. Anaerobic digestion systems in Colorado can provide great benefits for primarily in the cost savings associated with removal of manure and other biological waste products. The objective of this project was to develop web-based decision-making tools with a step-by-step guide for producers and their advisers to utilize as they consider installation of bioenergy conversion technology. The start of the project began with a field study, where manure samples were collected and analyzed for specific characteristics. Performance and applicability of anaerobic digesters varies greatly among individual farms, particularly in terms of gas production, moisture content, implementation, practicality and cost. The tool provides producers with a preliminary assessment of the feasibility of anaerobic digestion on their farm. The decision tool contains general information about anaerobic digestion systems, provides estimates of methane and electricity production, provides guidance on economic feasibility, selection of a most appropriate technology, and selection of a technology provider. Long term goals of the project include increasing adoption of animal waste to energy conversion technology and to improve the ability of producers to maintain operation of technologies post-installation.
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dc.format.mediummasters theses
dc.identifierLasker_colostate_0053N_11969.pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10217/80260
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof2000-2019 - CSU Theses and Dissertations
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dc.subjectanaerobic
dc.subjectrenewable energy
dc.subjectfeasibility
dc.subjectengineering
dc.subjectdigester
dc.titleDecision support for anaerobic digestion installations at cattle operations in Colorado
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thesis.degree.disciplineCivil and Environmental Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorColorado State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.S.)


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