The purpose of this demonstration was to validate anaerobic digestion of U.S. Department of Defense wastes including pre- and post-consumer food waste, waste cooking oil, and grease trap waste as a viable means of disposal and renewable energy generation. The project demonstrated the ability to digest these wastes in a controlled and predictable manner to maximize the generation of biogas, a methane-rich, high-energy byproduct. The project also studied biogas treatment to remove the non-methane portion of the gas including H2S (and carbon dioxide) with the goal to produce treated product gas equivalent in quality to natural gas and suitable for end-use applications and reduce mass of waste disposed by at least 60%.
Please visit the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) site to access the engineering and guidance, final, and cost and performance reports (https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Program-Areas/Environmental-Restoration/ER-…).
Originally funded as WERF project ENER14R14.