Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Spring 2017


Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2017


Copyright © 2017 Tucker Bonow


With a changing energy market and increasing renewable energy ideals, biogas regeneration could rapidly increase to cut costs and increase efficiently. Lincoln, Nebraska could be a prime location for a business to start producing biogas from food waste around the city and sell the resultant product. Through the process of anaerobic digestion, food waste is broken down and turning into methane gas which then can be used to heat homes, power cars or be converted to electricity. For the government of Lincoln, they are trying to find a way to cut cost and prolong the Bluff Road landfill and this is an opportunity to break into a new market that is virtually untapped in the United States. Through interviews, interpretation of data created by the city of Lincoln and costs to create a large scale anaerobic digester system. I then found the rate to convert this gas product to electricity and a price that I could sell it for. Thus, creating a business that could exist in Lincoln.