Improve waste recycling potential through the conversion of normal household waste into biogas

Cooper, Mark Dennis (2010) Improve waste recycling potential through the conversion of normal household waste into biogas. [USQ Project]

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Waste not, want not. This age old adage will be familiar, and most probably held as true, by a large portion of today’s modern society. Yet we live in what is unquestionably the most wasteful culture that has ever existed. A change in mindset is required. As a society we need to realise that we should be minimising waste, rather than simply creating more. Unfortunately it is often seen as ‘too much’ effort, or simply not ‘cost effective’ to do the right thing.
This project aims to investigate the potential for small scale biogas production by anaerobic digestion, in order to increase self sufficiency and minimise waste produced in developed society. Practical tests in scale model digesters to determine the biogas potential of different waste products were undertaken. A design for a self contained and easily mass producible biogas system, using only the waste products from a typical household, was then designed.
The purpose of the project is to illustrate that operating a biogas digester need not be associated with ‘too much’ effort or excessive cost. It will be aimed at creating a design for a system that will be reasonably self main-taining and robust enough to operate through varied treatment and environmental situations. The target end user will be one with little technical knowledge, understanding of biogas, or specific expertise

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2010 00:20
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2011 05:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: biogas; household waste; conversion
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401102 Environmentally sustainable engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400803 Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)

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