bio·​di·​gest·​er | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-dī-ˈje-stər How to pronounce biodigester (audio) , -də- \

Definition of biodigester

: a device or structure in which the digestion of organic waste matter by bacteria takes place with the production of a burnable biogas and a nutrient-rich slurry … the biodigester will convert table scraps from campus dormitories, manure from the campus dairy and plant waste from agricultural research fields into electricity.The Sacramento (California) Bee

Examples of biodigester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, new technologies such as biodigesters, drones and apps, have been introduced to try to control the thorny pest for good. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "Kenyan 'devil's cactus' is spreading out of control -- but tech is fighting back," 9 Dec. 2019 Pre-consumer food waste (i.e. the stuff in the industrial kitchens) is sent to a contract composter or tossed into one of two on-site biodigesters, which harness hungry bacteria to decompose organic materials. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, "The Philadelphia Eagles are driving the NFL toward a greener future," 16 Jan. 2020 UW-Oshkosh, using the revenue generated by one of the biodigesters, will pay back $3.4 million of that to the UW System over the next 18 years. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former UW-Oshkosh administrators fined $75,500 in felony misconduct case," 15 Jan. 2020 The team added a biodigester to transform food waste into liquid wastewater, has a vegetable garden and donated surplus food to the Hunger Task Force in 2018. John Steppe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Miller Park cups will be recycled into Scrubbing Bubbles bottles in a partnership with SC Johnson," 24 Jan. 2020 The state Public Service Commission approved spending $15 million in September 2017 to help finance a biodigester system by a Milwaukee-area developer, BC Organics, that would harness methane — a gas produced by manure. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Walker administration project to battle manure pollution has been hit by delays," 24 June 2019 An app on VanderLaan's phone shows the biodigester's work in real time. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yes, he sells brats. But Miller Park chef also tends to stadium garden, preaches 'green'," 30 May 2018 Families can easily build solar biodigesters themselves, and today the technology fuels domestic life in South Dakota basements, New York City rooftops, Maasai villages, Cairo kitchens and more than 150 other locations worldwide. National Geographic, "Transforming Garbage into a Sustainable Solar Future," 8 June 2017

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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