Energy from Waste - Pyrolysis: Process, Applications and Potential

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Energy from Waste - Pyrolysis: Process, Applications and Potential

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Research Question

What if we could turn the trash in our landfills into energy?

Award

CGS-SER Nielson International Internship/Fieldwork Grant

Significance

Pyrolysis has the potential to virtually eliminate waste and generate hydrocarbons and electricity all while remaining carbon neutral.

Methods Used

Combustion (fire) requires three things to exist: fuel, heat, and oxygen. By removing oxygen from the equation, burning becomes impossible. However, by heating the fuel to significant temperatures, the fuel (trash) decomposes back into its base hydrocarbon materials.

Conclusions/Outcomes

It is possible to decompose material at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen to create diesel, natural gas and graphene.

Publication Date

2017

Disciplines

Engineering

Energy from Waste - Pyrolysis: Process, Applications and Potential

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