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A Computer Program for Modeling the Conversion of Organic Waste to Energy

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A Computer Program for Modeling the Conversion of Organic Waste to Energy

Namuli, Rachel and Laflamme, Claude B. and Pillay, Pragasen (2011) A Computer Program for Modeling the Conversion of Organic Waste to Energy. Energies, 4 (11). pp. 1973-2001. ISSN 1996-1073

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/en4111973

Abstract

This paper presents a tool for the analysis of conversion of organic waste into energy. The tool is a program that uses waste characterization parameters and mass flow rates at each stage of the waste treatment process to predict the given products. The specific waste treatment process analysed in this paper is anaerobic digestion. The different waste treatment stages of the anaerobic digestion process are: conditioning of input waste, secondary treatment, drying of sludge, conditioning of digestate, treatment of digestate, storage of liquid and solid effluent, disposal of liquid and solid effluents, purification, utilization and storage of combustible gas. The program uses mass balance equations to compute the amount of CH4, NH3, CO2 and H2S produced from anaerobic digestion of organic waste, and hence the energy available. Case studies are also presented.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Namuli, Rachel and Laflamme, Claude B. and Pillay, Pragasen
Journal or Publication:Energies
Date:2011
Funders:
  • Concordia Open Access Author Fund
Keywords:anaerobic; mass balance; energy
ID Code:973662
Deposited By:ANDREA MURRAY
Deposited On:15 Mar 2012 15:49
Last Modified:09 Aug 2012 14:51
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