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Title: Method for catalytic destruction of organic materials

A method is disclosed for converting waste organic materials into an innocuous product gas. The method comprises maintaining, in a pressure vessel, in the absence of oxygen, at a temperature of 250.degree. C. to 500.degree. C. and a pressure of at least 50 atmospheres, a fluid organic waste material, water, and a catalyst consisting essentially of reduced nickel in an amount sufficient to catalyze a reaction of the organic waste material to produce an innocuous product gas composed primarily of methane and carbon dioxide. The methane in the product gas may be burned to preheat the organic materials.
Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. (Richland, WA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870954
Assignee:
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA) PNNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5630854
Contract Number:
AC06-76RL01830
Research Org:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; catalytic; destruction; organic; materials; disclosed; converting; waste; innocuous; product; gas; comprises; maintaining; pressure; vessel; absence; oxygen; temperature; 250; degree; 500; 50; atmospheres; fluid; material; water; catalyst; consisting; essentially; reduced; nickel; amount; sufficient; catalyze; reaction; produce; composed; primarily; methane; carbon; dioxide; burned; preheat; product gas; organic materials; method comprises; waste material; consisting essentially; carbon dioxide; pressure vessel; organic waste; amount sufficient; organic material; method comprise; catalyst consisting; composed primarily; reduced nickel; converting waste; catalyst consist; comprises maintaining; catalytic destruction; /48/585/588/