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Optimization of a Trash to Energy System

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Topics in Biomass and Gasification Processes

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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23.949.1 - 23.949.7



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Drew Witte IUPUI


Peter J. Schubert IUPUI

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Peter J. Schubert, Ph.D., P.E. is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at IUPUI, and serves as the Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy. He has published 75 technical papers and ha 35 US patents. He has been the principal investigator on grants from NASA, DOE, DOD, USDA, and GSA.

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Optimization of a Trash to Energy System  Authors:  Drew Witte, Peter J. Schubert    IUPUI Converting waste to energy (WTE) has huge potential for displacing fossil fuels, reducing landfill volumes, and extracting recyclables.  A large scale gasifier for efficient conversion of municipal solid waste (MSW) was donated to the university for study and optimization.  Our team consists of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty from two urban universities, plus industrial WTE engineers.  This paper outlines the organization, tasks, and methods by which the team updated and improved the following subsystems:  seals and gaskets; process and algorithm; ergonomics; and feedstock loading.  Lessons learned from this process have been incorporated into a fresh design for improved system performance.  

Witte, D., & Schubert, P. J. (2013, June), Optimization of a Trash to Energy System Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22334

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