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Progress Report: Transportable Gasifier for On-Farm Disposal of Animal Mortalities
U.S. EPA. Progress Report: Transportable Gasifier for On-Farm Disposal of Animal Mortalities. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-16/059, 2016.
A prototype transportable gasifier intended to process a minimum of 25 tons per day of animal mortalities (scalable to 200 tons per day) was built as part of an interagency effort involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Defense as well as the State of North Carolina. This effort is intended to demonstrate the feasibility of gasification for disposal of contaminated carcasses and to identify technical challenges and improvements that will simplify, improve, and enhance the gasifier system as a mobile response tool. Initial testing of the prototype in 2008 and 2010 demonstrated partial success by meeting the transportability and rapid deployment requirements. However, the throughput of animal carcasses was approximately 1/3 of the intended design capacity. Modifications have been made to the fuel system, burner system, feed system, control system, power distribution, and ash handling system to increase its operating capacity to the rated design throughput. Further testing will be performed to demonstrate the throughput as well as to demonstrate the ability of the unit to operate around the clock for an extended period of time. This report gives a status update on the progress of the project. Purpose is to give an update on the Transportable Animal Carcass Gasifier.