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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Ohio University Installs Full-Scale Composting System

Ohio University Installs Full-Scale Composting System

Ohio University in Athens is using two grants worth $300,000 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to develop the first full-scale composting project at a state college or university. The composter will process 875 to 1,050 tons of food waste annually and convert it to marketable compost material. The system will begin operating in early 2008. The university is also installing a 6.15-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array that will generate up to 35% of the electricity needed for the composter. The PV system will reduce 9,000 pounds of carbon emissions per year. After the PV system is installed, the remainder of money from the grant will be used for site preparation, including water and drainage lines, and Ohio University's first compost toilet.


U.S. Dept. of Energy State Energy Programs

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
August 2007

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