Biogas is created through the microbial breakdown of organic material in the absence of oxygen. The biogas created can be used to create renewable natural gas upon separation of methane from carbon dioxide and other trace constituents. Stemming from a grant from the Department of Energy and the Michigan Economic Development Agency the North American Advanced Biogas Laboratory was created in collaboration with Swedish Biogas International to investigate the formation and analysis of biogas components. Dr. Aurandt will present current investigations in waste products for use in biogas production, analysis of role anaerobic digestion in biorefinery applications, processes for enhancing biogas creation, and analysis of trace components in biogas. Dr. Nartker will outline recent projects in the area of membrane separation for the upgrading of biogas into renewable natural gas. Tours of the laboratory will be available after the lunchtime talk.
All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend, and lunch will be served.