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Prospects for the Gasification of Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF)
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Fluidized-bed gasification of wood waste is now a commercially proven technology. An Omnifuel gasifier in Hearst, Ontario, has been in operation since early 1981. It produces a low-BTU gas which is used to displace natural gas in existing boilers, but the gas could equally well be used to drive an engine or gas turbine. The designers are now turning their attention to other fuels, including municipal solid waste (MSW). The technology of producing refuse-derived fuel from MSW has also achieved commercial maturity. Banyan Technology Corporation has been operating for more than a year a resource recovery plant in Dade County, Florida, in which a combination of mechanical sorting and hand picking provides high recovery of metals and glass. The RDF produced is easily handled by the compression-type feeder used in the gasifier. Plans for a commercial installation which combine these technologies are described.
Woodruff, K. L.; Guard, R. F. W. (1983). Prospects for the Gasification of Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF). Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from