An investigation into the feasibility of micro scale pyrolysis powered by renewable energy

Buckley, Paul (2019) An investigation into the feasibility of micro scale pyrolysis powered by renewable energy. [USQ Project]

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This study examined the use of micro scale renewable pyrolysis as a method of distributed waste management. This study aimed to identify if renewable pyrolysis technology could be a potential solution to many of the problems facing the globe today; including resource shortages, pollution and environmental damage being caused by illegal dumping and greenhouse gas emissions.

This study has successfully determined this through the investigation of the technical, financial, social and environmental feasibility of various sized units aimed at servicing individuals, small families and small unit blocks. It identified that the global adoption of renewable micro scale pyrolysis would be a technically and financially feasible process in family homes and small unit blocks where the available renewable energy exceeds the amount of energy required to process the waste generated by those respective areas.

The true benefit of renewable micro scale pyrolysis is not derived from its implementation in a small number of dwellings but rather the global implementation as a method for distributed waste management. Large scale technology adoption would see significant social and environmental benefits. The technology has the potential to eliminate waste and reduce pollution ending illegal dumping and pollution of waterways and oceans while providing significant benefits to the system operator and the economy. Renewable micro scale pyrolysis has the potential to reshape the way that the globe see’s and manages waste and should be investigate further as a priority for society and the environment.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)(Mechanical)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Supervisors: Wandell, Andrew
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 06:27
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2021 06:27
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43148

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