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When you find an anaerobic digester in Michigan, they’re usually set up on large scale dairy farms.
Michigan State University has a good YouTube video showing how the process works at the digester on their campus.
Bacteria turn all that cow manure into methane, which is burned in engines to create renewable electricity. But now there’s a new kind of digester in Fremont, Michigan that’s consuming much more than cow poop.
A small farming community in West Michigan is celebrating the opening of plant that will turn organic waste into electricity.
Colonies of specialized bacteria will do the bulk of the work.
“The little fellows are just hungry as heck,” said Anand Gangadharan, president of Novi Energy. The company designed and will help manage the new Fremont Community Digester. They held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the digester’s opening Tuesday.