Evaluation of Gasification and Novel Thermal Processes for the Treatment of Municipal Solid Waste

    Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


    This report identifies seven developers whose gasification technologies can be used to treat the organic constituents of municipal solid waste: Energy Products of Idaho; TPS Permiska Processer AB; Proler International Corporation; Thermoselect, Inc.; Batelle; Pedco Incorporated; and ThermoChem, Incorporated. Their processes recover heat directly, produce a fuel product, or produce a feedstock forchemical processes. The technologies are on the brink of commercial availability. This report evaluates, for each technology, several kinds of issues. Technical considerations were material balance, energy balance, plant thermal efficiency, and effect of feedstock contaminants. Environmental considerations were the regulatory context, and such things as composition, mass rate, and treatabilityof pollutants. Business issues were related to liklihood of commercialization. Finally, cost and economic issues such as capital and operating costs, and the refuse-derived fuel preparation and energy conversion costs, were considered. The final section of the report reviews and summarizes the information gathered during the study.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages196
    StatePublished - 1996

    Bibliographical note

    Work performed by Camp Dresser & McKee, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/SR-430-21612


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