Farm Based Renewable Charging Solutions

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Time: Wednesday, July 19, 2023, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (EST Time)

Location: MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

Registration fee: $50/person (Optional)

Registration siteFarm-based renewable EV charging solutions

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The U.S. dairy industry comprises dairy farms, dairy cooperatives, and the companies that market milk and dairy products. Besides its nutritional and flavor benefits, dairy also contributes significantly to the American economy, particularly the rural economy ($630 billion or 1% of GDP in 2019). While economic pressures have driven consolidation with the industry leading to larger sized farms, over 90% of all dairies are still small- and medium-sized farms (less than 1,000 dairy cows). These small- and medium-sized dairy farms are an important sector for both the dairy industry and the U.S. rural community, which urgently need solutions to address growing economic and environmental concerns, particularly arising from climate change. Thus, developing new solutions to enable these small- and medium-sized dairy farms to produce more climate-friendly milk and other products will not only sustain the U.S. dairy industry but also enable it to become a climate-friendly, carbon-neutral industry. Therefore, this workshop will demonstrate a renewable EV charging solution as a climate-smart product to enable a carbon-neutral U.S. dairy industry. The agenda of the workshop is as follow:

Time (EST) Agenda Topic
9:00 – 9:30 am Registration  
9:30 – 10:00 am Opening remarks

Deanna East, Associate Director of MSU Extension

Jim Saber, CEO of NextEnergy

Charles Tyson, MEDC

Wei Liao, Director of MSU ADREC

10:00 am – 11:00 am Demonstration of the mobile agricultural wastes utilization unit for EV charging


Wei Liao, Barry Bradford, Ajit Srivastava, MSU ADREC

Satish Udpa, MSU Mobility

Bollingar Motor


11:00 am – 12:00 pm Touring the MSU dairy farm and south campus anaerobic digester

Jim Good and Barry Bradford, MSU dairy farm

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch MSU Pavilion
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Biogas for electrical vehicle Wei Liao, MSU
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The new MSU dairy farm Barry Bradford, MSU
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Stirling engine for small-scale biogas utilization Kevin Pang, Qnergy Co.
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm On-farm renewable natural gas production Craig Frear, Regenis Co.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Nutrient management Wei Liao, MSU
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Biomethane potential analysis of organic wastes Sibel Uludag-Demirer, MSU
4:00 pm Recap and adjourn