Initial Project Checklist
The following checklist presents an initial set of questions to consider when evaluating project viability for anaerobic digestion (AD)/biogas systems on farms in the United States. If the answer to most of the following questions is “Yes,” then your facility may be a suitable candidate for an AD/biogas system, and you may consider conducting a pre-feasibility study.
For more information about AD/biogas project development, see the AgSTAR Project Development Handbook.
|What type of waste does your facility produce?||Do you have dairy, swine or poultry manure available?|
|Do you have access to other co-digestible organic wastes?|
|Is your facility large enough to make AD economically feasible?||500 or more milking cows?|
|2,000 or more finishing hogs?|
|100,000 or more fowl?|
|Any economic or regulatory drivers supporting an AD/biogas system?||Are you paying for disposal of organic wastes?|
|Do you have existing environmental concerns? (e.g., Runoff, fugitive smells)|
|Do you have a need for heat and/or electricity?|
|Do you have a buyer for the energy?|
|Do you have space for an on-site treatment facility?|
|Do you have wastewater disposal limits or concerns?|
|Do you have nutrient application limits or concerns?|