U of Wisconsin Research Initiative Finds That Cow Manure Could Provide Sustainable Energy

According to a recent study from Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative (WBI), a research institution of the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Wisconsin can be a national leader in bioenergy production using waste from the state’s prosperous agriculture and food processing sectors. UW-Madison researchers found that in dairy cow manure alone, the report found 4.77 million dry tons available per year, which is the potential energy equivalent of replacing a large-scale coal plant. The waste can be diverted from dairy farms, food processing facilities, landfills and municipal waste water treatment plants into biogas. This presents an opportunity to produce energy from waste without disrupting other state industries, while simultaneously boosting the economy.

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