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Organic Waste to Resources Research and Pilot Project Report: Converting Washington Lignocellulosic Rich Urban Waste to Ethanol

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09-07-060September 2009
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Author(s) Gustafson, Rick
Description Organic Waste to Resources Research and Pilot Project Report. The objective of this research was to investigate the potential of producing ethanol from municipal waste in Washington State. The approach to the research was to divide the municipal waste into three primary streams and then investigate the potential of converting each into ethanol. This division was made to provide a more fundamental understanding of the issues associated with conversion for each of the major streams. The three primary streams were mixed waste paper, yard waste, and municipal solid waste . For each stream, an experimental study was done to investigate conversion of the biomass into ethanol using bioconversion processes. This experimental work was then accompanied by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to determine the overall environmental impact of the proposed processes. ASPEN models of biorefineries were developed to provide process data for the LCA.
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Keywords organics, financial, funding, reduction, resource, report, goals, model, urban, Ecology, waste, waste reduction, solid waste, recycling, litter, financial assistance, beyond waste
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