Ethanol center works to convert municipal waste into biofuel | Granite City News
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s CNERC is leading the way in converting municipal solid waste to biofuel with two proposals submitted for funding.
CNERC received funding from a grant proposal that was submitted to SIUE’s transition and exploration projects scholarship program by Jie Dong, NCERC Fermentation Scientist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, SIUE. The objective of the project centers on converting MSW, waste from both residential and commercial sources, into biofuel. The biofuel created by this method is ethanol, which is used as an octane increasing fuel additive in gasoline.
Another proposal submitted by NCERC to the US Department of Energy is a collaboration between NCERC and leading organizations from across the country, including a government laboratory, a California waste management company, an international manufacturer of analytical equipment, and a leading technology company in artificial intelligence, machine learning and sensing.
If funded, this two-year project will establish the specifications necessary to characterize MSWs for conversion to biofuels. It will also help create a more robust conversion method for turning MSW into biofuel or bioproducts. By creating a scalable model that will use waste as a raw material for fuel, CNERC and its partners are contributing to a solution that diverts waste from landfill to a process that will provide added value.
âCNERC is a leader in creating a machine learning model that will be fueled by experts at Google and allow us to understand the chemical makeup of a pile of garbage as it is. collected by the waste management company, âsays Dr Yan Zhang, director of CNERC. Of research.
The ethanol fuel that will be the result of a successful conversion is clean combustion and can be used in light vehicles on the road today. In fact, all cars from 2001 and newer are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. to run on E15, a fuel that contains 15 percent ethanol. There are also thousands of flexible fuel vehicles. on the road that can run on fuel containing up to 85% ethanol, also known as E85 or Flex Fuel.
âWhile ethanol from corn is an important step in the right direction to decarbonize the transport sector, this unique project tackles other environmental issues,â said CNERC chief executive John Caupert.