Energy from Waste - Pyrolysis: Process, Applications and Potential
What if we could turn the trash in our landfills into energy?
CGS-SER Nielson International Internship/Fieldwork Grant
Pyrolysis has the potential to virtually eliminate waste and generate hydrocarbons and electricity all while remaining carbon neutral.
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.
It is possible to decompose material at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen to create diesel, natural gas and graphene.
Bonifas, Paul, "Energy from Waste - Pyrolysis: Process, Applications and Potential" (2017). CGS Student Awards 2017. 3.