Preliminary Study of the Pyrolysis of Steam Classified Municipal Solid Waste

  • John M. Sebghati
  • Michael H. Eley
Part of the Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology book series (ABAB, volume 63-65)


Steam classified municipal solid waste (MSW) has been studied for use as a combustion fuel, feedstock for composting, and cellulytic enzyme hydrolysis. A preliminary study has been conducted using a prototype plasma arc pyrolysis system (in cooperation with Plasma Energy Applied Technology Inc., Huntsville, AL) to convert the steam classified MSW into a pyrolysis gas and vitrified material. Using a feed rate of 50 lbs/h, 300 lbs of the material was pyrolysized. The major components of this pyrolysis gas were H2, CO, and CO2. A detailed presentation of the emission data along with details on the system used will be presented.

Index Entries

Municipal solid waste gasification pyrolysis biomass plasma arc. 


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© Humana Press Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. Sebghati
    • 1
  • Michael H. Eley
    • 1
  1. 1.Johnson Research CenterThe University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsvilleUSA

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