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Waste-to-Energy at Military Installations Through Pyrolysis and Direct Carbon Fuel Cells

[+] Author Affiliations
Scott M. Lux, Franklin H. Holcomb

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Champaign, IL

Ronald H. Wolk

Wolk Integrated Technical Services, San Jose, CA

Paper No. FuelCell2008-65247, pp. 485-489; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • ASME 2008 6th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, June 16–18, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4318-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3822-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME and U.S. Government


This study gathered information on the quantities of waste material available at U.S. Army installations from installation reports and from the U.S. Army Solid Waste Annual Reporting System (SWARS) database, then estimated the amount of electricity that Direct Carbon Fuel Cell (DCFC) technologies could generate from those wastes, and finally compared those amounts with the current average annual electrical loads at the ten largest Army installations. The analysis finds that the use of a pyrolysis/DCFC system could produce an average of 12% of the entire installation’s demand at nine of the top 10 largest Army installations. Such a system could offset demand at the other installation in the top 10 by 33%.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME and U.S. Government



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