Ribbon cutting for biodigester
Fox 11 - 12/11/2013
PICKETT - UW-Oshkosh's third biodigester to create green energy is now officially open. The school cut the ribbon on the new $7 million plant at the Rosendale Dairy Wednesday afternoon in Pickett. The biodigester will take in manure from the dairy cows, convert the methane gas into energy and then leave behind fertilizer the dairy can then sell to other farms. The biodigester is expected to create enough electricity to power about 1,200 homes. “It's kind of a win-win, society gets green energy, the university gets a platform to train students and the farm gets more available nutrients for local crop farmers,” said Jim Ostrom with Rosendale Dairy. The project is funded in partnership between the UW-Oshkosh Foundation, Milk Source, Alliant Energy and several other entities. See video.
Dairy, UWO launch waste to power project
The Northwestern - 7/09/2013
A multi-million dollar project at the state’s largest dairy farm will not only produce green energy, it will also serve as a learning laboratory that will be able to help educate the state’s current and future farmers. Ground was broken Tuesday on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s newest biodigester, a biogas plant that will include a public education center at a town of Rosendale farm south of Pickett. Read more...
UW-Oshkosh building new bio digester
WFRV - 7/09/2013
Ground has been broken on a renewable energy plant in Pickett. The facility will be used as a living classroom by students from UW-Oshkosh. It will take manure from the Rosendale dairy, where it's located and convert it into electricity. It will go online in December and generate enough wattage to power 1,200 homes. The dairy is the largest in the state, with 9,000 cows. This is the third digester built in partnership with UW-Oshkosh. Through projects like this, the university hopes to have a neutral carbon footprint by 2025. See video here.
Oshkosh Students "Feed the Beast"
Wisconsin Public Radio News - 9/13/2012
UW Oshkosh is producing energy from food students would otherwise throw away in the cafeteria. The school is now looking for more waste from the wider community. The project is also giving students training in what could become a part of the "green economy.” Read more...
UW-Osh looks for food waste for biodigester
WHBY News - 9/10/2012
UW-Oshkosh wants to ramp up the production of its anaerobic biodigester, and officials are looking for food waste to provide the power. UW-Oshkosh spokesman Alex Hummel says for the past year, they've used waste from the campus dining halls to fuel the facility, but that's no longer enough. He says they're recruiting restaurants, hospitals, and schools to increase the fuel supply. Read more...
UW-Oshkosh #14 nationally for sustainability
Fox 11 News - 8/15/2012
It might not be easy being green, but it does have its rewards. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is getting national recognition for its work to "go green." The Sierra Club ranked it the number 14th "Coolest School" in the country, a measure of sustainability practices. UW-Oshkosh's grounds supervisor Grant Davey drives the campus' fully electric truck. Small details like this, solar panels and specialized landscaping...to larger projects like a biodigester that turns campus food waste into biofuel, helped the university make the Sierra Club's "Coolest Schools" list. Read more...
Family farm receives biodigester grant
Fox 11 News - 3/06/2012
One family farm near Oshkosh will soon have a way to convert organic waste into a nutrient rich liquid fertilizer, and a renewable source of energy. The farm has forged a partnership with the state, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Foundation and a German biotech company to fund the biodigester. Read more...
UW-Oshkosh Biodigester Up for Renewable Energy Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 1/20/2012
According to the editors at RenewableEnergyWorld.com, hundreds of nominations were submitted for the 3rd Annual Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards before the finalists were chosen for 11 categories. The site informs readers about uses of renewable energy worldwide and then allows its audience to votes for the Readers' Choice Award. Read more...
Powering the Future
Your trash and yard waste could be someone else's electricity for the year. We checked out new technology that will be used to help power the future. It's called an anaerobic biodigester. And UW-Oshkosh is building the first one in the United States. Read more...
Generating power from food
UW-Oshkosh to have first dry biodigester in U.S.
Insight Magazine - April 2010
By this fall, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will be turning food and yard waste into energy in the nation’s first-of-its-kind biodigester. UW-Oshkosh is working with BIOFerm Energy Systems of Germany to build a dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester in a new building located on Dempsey Trail, adjacent to the Witzel Avenue Campus Service Center.
UWO to develop first-of-its-kind biodigester in U.S.
Oshkosh Northwestern - 3/4/2010
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh plans to turn grass clippings and food scraps into heat and electricity in a new plant they say will be the first of its kind in the United States. The dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester will be built this spring on Dempsey Trail, behind the university’s Campus Service Center. Read more...
On Campus: UW-Oshkosh to power campus by turning food into fuel
Wisconsin State Journal - 2/24/2010
On the UW-Oshkosh campus, cafeteria leftovers could soon be used to power the college's heat and
electricity. The university says its planned dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester will be the first of its kind in
the nation, converting campus and community yard and food waste into fuel. Read more...