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Abstract

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the technical and economic status of novel process technologies for recovering energy from municipal solid waste, and assesses the environmental impact of their operation. These technologies include: -biological processes (landfill gas recovery, in-plant anaerobic digestion and hydrolysis - fermentation); -refuse-derived fuel (RDF) manufacture and combustion, including use of fluidized bed systems; -pyrolysis/gasification. ERL concludes from the considerable full-scale operating experience of methane recovery from landfill now existing, that while scope exists for optimisation of methane yield purification of the gas through microbiological research and improved site management techniques, the process has considerable commercial potential for further development on larger and suitably situated landfill sites. Gas extraction generally improves the stability of the landfill site and reduces the hazard potential associated with gas migration.

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Authors: PARKER C, ENVIROMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED, LONDON (UK);ROBERTS T ENVIROMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED, LONDON (UK), ENVIROMENTAL RESOURCES LIMITED, LONDON (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: 217 P., 1985, ISBN 0-85334-352-7 WRITE TO ELSEVIER APPLIED SCIENCE PUBLISHERS LTD., CROWN HOUSE, LINTON ROAD, BARKING, ESSEX IG11 8JU (UK), PRICE: UKL 28,-, (EUR 9223 EN).
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