Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center

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Pilot scale anaerobic digester in the ADREC pilot spaceFounded in 2008, the Michigan State University Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (MSU ADREC) comprehensively researches, develops, and evaluates technologies associated with integrated anaerobic digestion systems. Related education and outreach activities emphasize cost-effective and efficient technologies on small and medium-sized dairy farms, along with other biomass energy topics and environmental protection. Anaerobic digestion can protect human health and the environment from agricultural wastes while converting these wastes to resources. The renewable resources in turn provide a revenue stream to offset the operational costs and provide additional revenue to the farm.


  • Over 6,000 sq. ft. with:
  • Two laboratories
  • Large pilot facilities (two with 3,000 sq. ft. each)
  • Constant temperature room for small anaerobic biogas assays
  • 35 person conference facility

Pilot scale systems:

  • Four 300 L pilot anaerobic reactors
  • Two 100 L pilot anaerobic reactors
  • One 1,600 L complete mixed anaerobic reactor
  • Several options and configurations below 2 L