Quantalux Blog

News, events, observations, industrial and otherwise, from a Quantalux point-of-view.

Pilot Scale Dual-Stage Digester – Now Operational

For the last year, Quantalux and students/staff at Michigan State University have been building a pilot scale anaerobic digester (“Pilot AD”). This mobile unit can process manure, food waste and FOG (Fats, Oils and Greases), and is designed to be . . . Read More

Food Waste – A Practical Guide to Biodigestion

Many municipalities and companies are trying to figure out how to responsibly dispose of the over 34 million tons of food waste that is generated each year. (This is roughly 15% of the total landfill volume in the US.) . . . Read More

Battling Invasive Insects with Glass and Silicon

Invasive insects have the potential to inflict devastating damage on ripening fruit crops across the US. Insects such as the Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, arrived from Asia a decade ago, and is particularly damaging to fruits such cherries, raspberries, blackberries, . . . Read More

Can a Farmer make Jet Fuel?

In 2011, the ASTM (the leading engineering standards organization in the US) approved the blending of JP8 with biofuels produced from cellulosic feedstocks for aviation fuels.  This seemingly bland bit of technical information is actually an important moment for the . . . Read More

Survival Guide for Small Dairy Farms

It is tough to be a small dairy farmer these days. We’ve been interviewing small dairy operations in Michigan and have found first-hand that smaller dairy farms (typically family owned) are being challenged by rapidly changing feed costs and . . . Read More

Biomass Energy and Carbon

In a December 28, 2010 op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, Rep. Fred Upton from my state of Michigan argued that Congress should either delay or overturn the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas regulations outright. This, he says, will . . . Read More

Biogas/Water = Win/Win

There’s been plenty of recent attention on energy prices since the price of a barrel of oil topped $100. Less recognized (but also important) is the long term availability of water. For arid parts of the US, water sources . . . Read More