Refuse conversion to methane (RefCOM): a proof-of-concept anaerobic digestion facility
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is developing a process for the anaerobic digestion of solid waste and sewage sludge into methane. Known as RefCOM - Refuse Conversion to Methane - the DOE experimental facility in Florida can process 100 tons of raw refuse per day with an output as high as 700,000 cubic feet of gas (CH/sub 4/ and CO/sub 2/) per day. Based on an average home gas consumption of one million cubic feet per year, a 1,000 tons-per-day plant has the potential to meet the gas needs of over 7,000 homes. The objectives of the RefCOM experiment are to: establish information on the quality and quantity of gas produced; ascertain optimum operating parameters for both mesophilic and thermophilic modes; and evaluate the reliability of the techniques.
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- Conference: Joint power generation conference, Charlotte, NC, USA, 7 Oct 1979
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- Argonne National Lab., IL (USA); Department of Energy, Washington, DC (USA). Office of Building and Community Systems; Mittelhauser Corp., Downers Grove, IL (USA)
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- United States
- 09 BIOMASS FUELS; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ANAEROBIC DIGESTION; PILOT PLANTS; METHANE; PRODUCTION; SEWAGE SLUDGE; SOLID WASTES; BIOCONVERSION; ENERGY SOURCE DEVELOPMENT; EVALUATION; FLORIDA; HEATING; MESOPHILIC CONDITIONS; OPERATION; OPTIMIZATION; QUALITY ASSURANCE; RESIDENTIAL SECTOR; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; THERMOPHILIC CONDITIONS; WASTE MANAGEMENT; ALKANES; CRYOGENIC FLUIDS; DIGESTION; FLUIDS; FUNCTIONAL MODELS; HYDROCARBONS; MANAGEMENT; NORTH AMERICA; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; PROCESSING; SEWAGE; SOUTHEAST REGION; USA; WASTE PROCESSING; WASTES 090122* -- Hydrocarbon Fuels-- Preparation from Wastes or Biomass-- (1976-1989); 140504 -- Solar Energy Conversion-- Biomass Production & Conversion-- (-1989); 320604 -- Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization-- Municipalities & Community Systems-- Municipal Waste Management-- (1980-)
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