Refuse conversion to methane (RefCOM): a proof-of-concept anaerobic digestion facility
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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