Laboratory studies at the University of Missouri-Rolla have demonstrated the feasibility of producing methane by anaerobic digestion of various crop materials, such as grasses and corn stalks. These studies indicate that about 6.0 scf of methane are produced per pound of crop material destroyed. Preliminary design and economic studies of a large methane plant show that the reactors represent the largest cost item and that efforts should be concentrated on defining reaction kinetics and reactor design. This paper discusses various approaches to reactor design. A process to produce 50 M5CFD of methane is described, and the design and economics are analyzed.
Clausen, E. C.; Sitton, Oliver C.; Park, Efton; and Gaddy, J. L., "Biomass as an Energy Mechanism" (1976). UMR-MEC Conference on Energy / UMR-DNR Conference on Energy. 187, pp. 670-678.
3rd Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1976: Oct. 12-14, Rolla, MO)
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Article - Conference proceedings
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13 Oct 1976