A New Approach to Managing Biomass Renewable Energy Projects
Northern Biogas was formed by a group of professional Wisconsin Dairy Producers, licensed engineers, project managers, and licensed wastewater treatment operators to build and manage biomass renewable energy projects. The underlying philosophy of Northern Biogas is to provide a reliable and affordable anaerobic digester that can offer a means of managing waste and odor while providing economic value to the client and community.
Guy Selsmeyer P.E.
Prior to Northern Biogas, Mr. Selsmeyer was a partner of Green Valley Dairy, a 3,700 cow dairy built-in 1999. In 2005, Mr. Selsmeyer helped to design and build an anaerobic digester to help facilitate manure and nutrient management while generating 600 kW of power to sell to the local electric company. This led to the creation of Northern Biogas. He is intimately familiar with all aspects of anaerobic digestion and electric generation from biogas as well as the needs of large-scale agriculture. He has presented on the subject at multiple symposiums, including ASABE, AGSTAR, Wisconsin Focus on Energy, and National Biocycle Conference to name a few.
15 years of experience in the utility industry, pipeline industries, and gas and electric marketing and commodity trading.
Jeff LaViolette P.E.
Civil and Environmental engineer with over 25 years of experience in state and federal environmental regulatory compliance, 10 years of experience in anaerobic digestion systems, over 20 years in municipal wastewater systems industrial wastewater control, civil engineering for site development.
30+ years in plumbing systems, dairy farm operation and maintenance, digester design and operations, and combined heat and power system management.
What We Do
Northern Biogas provides a reliable yet affordable anaerobic digester that manages waste and odor while providing an economic value to the client. Best of all, we make it easy for the client to operate.
At Northern Biogas, great pride is taken in designing a system that is right for you. We have recognized the advancement of European technology surrounding anaerobic digestion and have modified designs based on actual experience in Wisconsin’s harsh environment.
Our design uses the concept of a total mix digester which provides maximum gas production and lends itself to the addition of substrates, both critical when maximizing your return on investment.
We use field-proven technologies that yield results. Our digester designs originate from a complete mix, mesophilic system. Although there are many digester types in existence, very few systems have yielded the quantity and quality of gas as a complete mix system.
Examples of complete mix systems in Wisconsin.
Why Choose Us?
Northern Biogas is your single-source provider of anaerobic digestion vessels for RNG production and/or combined heat and power units (CHP) to produce renewable electricity. Our system encompasses state-of-the-art technologies that have been field-tested and refined over the last 15 years to minimize downtime.
Because Northern Biogas is owned and operated by former and current farm owners, engineers, and agriculture scientists, we understand farming in general and more particularly dairy farming.
Being dairy farm owners who have engineering and science degrees mean that we know how valuable a digester system can be to a farm's operations.
The Northern Biogas owners have researched various A.D. technologies for years before focusing on European “complete mix” technology. Being AD Plant and farm owners, Northern Biogas has been able to develop methods, designs, and strategies under real-world conditions on our own farms. Through these operations, we have learned how the European model must be modified for U.S. farm-scale and climate.
Single source responsibility
In our search for systems technology we noticed some vendors supplied digesters only, other vendors supplied CHP only and no one supplied operation and maintenance. Northern Biogas decided that to be successful we should offer all phases under one roof.
It’s all about details
Benefits of Our Systems Include