Bachelor of Science
Helen Neill, Ph. D., Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Timothy Farnham, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
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Anaerobic digestion is a highly efficient process, trapping the methane gas from cow manure and processing it into energy. The steep initial capital costs make anaerobic digesters short-term liabilities, but the long-term benefits far outweigh the long-term costs. An anaerobic digester unit will begin to show a profit after approximately five years of operation. During the lifetime of the unit, estimated at 15 years, the digester will have produced about $ 1,000,000 in profits for the dairy farm, while also providing invaluable benefits to society as a whole.
Anaerobic bacteria; Animal waste recycling; Dairy farms; Farm manure in methane production economic aspects; Methane recycling; United States
Dairy Science | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Oil, Gas, and Energy
Elsasser, Shaun, "Anaerobic digester use in dairy farms in the United States" (2006). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 331.