The generation of methane biogas from organic wastes (industrial, agricultural and household) is a growing sector of the green fuel economy, helping to address the fossil fuel-driven climate crisis. Biogas is a simple, low-cost, low-tech, and well-established fuel in broad use in many countries, particularly in warmer climates. In the US, however, it remains an undertapped resource, due to colder climates and limited state/federal support. In this course, we will support the piloting of small- and medium-scale biogas at selected local farms and food enterprises. Through a combination of class instruction and hands-on field work, we will bring together the basic science behind biogas, regenerative agriculture, hardscape and social permaculture and community engagement, helping to explore this niche of the local energy economy.
- Teacher: Martin Hunter