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Power System Design and Applications for Alternative Energy Sources by Khalil Denno - Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering New Jersey Institute of Technology

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3 Bioelectrochemical Conversion of Refuse to Synthetic Fuel and Energy

3.1 Introduction

Disposal of organic wastes from refuse is being redirected toward the production of synthetic bioorganic fuels, on one hand (already being used as supplemental fuel for large power-plant boilers), and the generation of electric energy, on the other. Statistical information indicates that from dry, ash-free organic waste on the order of 880 million tons, energy equivalent to about 170 million barrels of oil, or 1.36 trillion standard cubic feet of methane, could be obtained. Procedures for extracting synthetic bioorganic fuels from refuse may be based on the processes of hydrogeneration pyrolysis and biochemical conversion.

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