Canada Agriculture and Food Museum inaugurates biodigester

By Canada Agriculture and Food Museum | May 01, 2014

The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum has unveiled its newest addition, a biodigester provided by the Saskatchewan Research Council.

This new piece of equipment, designed and manufactured by a team of energy and bioprocessing specialists at SRC, will allow CAFM to demonstrate to visitors how animal waste can be processed to produce energy.

“SRC is incredibly pleased to provide this innovative technology to CAFM,” said Laurier Schramm, president and CEO of SRC. “This biodigester demonstrates our sustainability efforts, while at the same time strengthening SRC’s position as a leading research and technology provider allied with visionary local, national and international collaborators.”

“We’re very thankful to the SRC for providing us with this state-of-the-art piece of innovative equipment. It is a wonderful complement to CAFM’s Energy Park, which is part of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation’s Let’s Talk Energy initiative, through which we are working to increase the energy literacy of Canadians. Here at CAFM, we are proud to showcase the various aspects of energy science and innovation in the agricultural sector,” said Fernand Proulx, acting president and CEO of the CSTMC.

Biodigesters convert organic material into a renewable energy called biogas, as well as produce valuable by-products such as nutrient rich fertilizers. The biogas produced from this unit is the equivalent of 23 liters (6.08 gallons) of gasoline over a one week period.