Waste to Energy: Nutrient Requirements for Aerobic and Anaerobic Digestion

C. J. Rivard, T. B. Vinzant, W. S. Adney, K. Grohmann

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Current processing technology for the production of refuse-derived fuels from municipal solid wastes (MSW) often includes the removal of the high moisture organic fraction composed of food and yard wastes. Digestibility studies reveal that such processed MSW is nutrient deficient. Analysis of nutrient requirements for effective aerobic and anarobic digestion was conducted in continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) systems. The effects of nitrogen sources, phosphate, minerals, and complex organics on the rate and extent of cellulose polymer hydrolysis is reported.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)96-99
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Environmental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989

NREL Publication Number

  • ACNR/JA-232-11543


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