Michigan's leading experts in anaerobic digestion presented their research findings and talked about the future of alternative energy at Flint's Center for Energy Excellence.
Kettering University was the showcase for some of the most innovative minds in the Biogas industry in Michigan during an invitation-only Biogas Summit in Flint Oct. 29.
Dr. Jennifer Aurandt, assistant professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry at Kettering, hosted the Biogas Summit, as part of the Flint Center of Energy Excellence partnering with Swedish Biogas International USA, and Anders Ek, the chief technical officer at Swedish Biogas International-Korea, offered the keynote speech.
"The Center of Energy Excellence at Kettering University is excited to host researchers from across the state," Aurandt said. "The event will foster the collaboration and exchange of ideas between those working in the area of anaerobic digestion in Michigan."
Kettering University President Stan Liberty offered an official welcome to open the event and discussed the importance of bioenergy and researching alternative fuels. Professionals from Michigan's major research universities presented during the summit.
Dr. Dana Kirk, from Michigan State University, discussed research on holistic anaerobic digestion. Dr. Steve Safferman also from MSU presented information on anaerobic digestion performance on blended feedstocks.
Dr. Lutgarde Raskin and Adam L. Smith from the University of Michigan presented research on methane production from domestic wastewater using anaerobic membrane bioreactors.
Dr. Dan Cassidy and Evangelia Belia from Western Michigan University presented findings on methane production from ethanol co-products in anaerobic SBRs.
Dr. Nancy Love and Sherri Cook from the University of Michigan discussed a regional strategy -- from managing food processing to septage waste.
Dr. Jennifer Becker from Michigan Technological University presented information development of a microbial fuel cell to generate electricity from lignocellulosic biomass.
Dr. Nadia Abunassar from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Wayne State University discussed how the MEDC promotes bioenergy in Michigan.
The summit concluded with a tour of the Kettering University/Swedish Biogas International Anaerobic Digestion Lab in the Innovation Center at Kettering University, followed by a dinner reception at the Flint Institute of Arts in Flint.
Written by Patricia Mroczek and Dr. Jennifer Aurandt