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Biogas is a source of renewable energy which captures methane gas produced by manure, sewage, and food waste to generate energy. This research project seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of how biogas is viewed and portrayed by different groups, how the use of biogas differs from large-scale to small-scale farm and homesteading operations, and how biogas can more effectively be used. Using surveys and interviews with biogas practitioners in Pennsylvania, this research begins to lay the foundation for members of the sustainability community at large to better understand the economic feasibility and practicality of biogas at different use scales, in the hopes of achieving wider implementation of this source of renewable energy in the United States. While public perception and existing studies indicate that biogas is most effective on large-scale farms, this study finds that biogas on a micro scale is overall more affordable, accessible, and easy to maintain.

Funded by the William Corrington Renewable Energy Fund and Center for Sustainability & the Environment.

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biogas, renewable energy, agriculture, Pennsylvania


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