A research scholar at Cusat has developed a technology to reduce the moisture content in municipal solid waste (MSW) and make it suitable for manufacturing fuel that can be used in waste-to-energy plants.
The researcher, Asha P Tom, who was working under the guidance of Renu Pawels, professor, civil engineering department, Cusat, was recently awarded a doctorate based on her work titled ‘Biodrying: A Sustainable Technology for Municipal Solid Waste Management’.
Pawels said the pilot scale bio-drying reactor for treating mixed MSW with high moisture content was developed in collaboration with NIIST, CSIR, Thiruvananthapuram, under the supervision of Ajit Haridas.
This technology reduces the moisture content and increases the energy value of MSW by convective evaporation process, by utilizing the controlled aerobic reactions and the resulting biological heat. Read More