Southern Research Institute commissions landfill power
Southern Research Institute’s Carbon-to-Liquids (C2L)
Development Center plans to commission its first advanced energy conversion
technology – a system that will convert municipal solid waste from landfills
into clean synthesis gas.
Once produced, the gas can be converted into clean transportation fuels
like ethanol, Fischer Tropsch (FT) diesel or into chemical feedstocks
Engineers at the C2L Center recently designed the core reactor and are
assembling a pilot-scale version of the reactor at the C2L Center in
Durham, North Carolina. Commissioning of the unit is planned to begin
in May of this year.
The pilot plant will process roughly five tons of municipal solid waste
per day. After performance testing is completed the scale-up potential
will be assessed and optimization equipment will be added. According
to C2L, the system could scale up well for commercial landfill operations,
which could conceivably be in the range of 100 to 1,000 tons per day.
The pilot plant at the C2L Center will use a unique thermochemical process
designed for converting municipal solid waste. Once the pilot system
is proven and optimized, work will begin on integrating processes for
converting the syngas into end products.