ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND WASTE TREATMENT CAPABILITIES OF SMALL-SCALE ANAEROBIC DIGESTION SYSTEMS

dc.contributor.advisorLansing, Stephanie A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMoss, Andrew Roberten_US
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Technologyen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-06T07:29:32Z
dc.date.available2013-02-06T07:29:32Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.description.abstractAnaerobic digestion is a common form of waste treatment and energy production throughout the world, and in the United States the number of agricultural digesters is increasing at a rate of approximately 10% annually. As the number of digesters grows, efforts to assess the environmental cost of their installation and the potential utility of their by-products are required. This research investigates the relative environmental sustainability of small-scale digesters treating dairy manure in the U.S. and human waste in Haiti, and explores the biogas potential and nutrient transformations resulting from the anaerobic digestion of dairy manure. Specifically, the objectives of the research are: 1) to conduct an eMergy analysis on the two digestion systems to assess the effect of waste source, climate, and infrastructure on system sustainability; and 2) to provide an overview of waste treatment and energy production options for agricultural digesters treating dairy manure in the United States.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/13575
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental scienceen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAlternative energyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAgricultureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAnaerobic Digestionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledEmergyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNutrientsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRenewable Energyen_US
dc.titleENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND WASTE TREATMENT CAPABILITIES OF SMALL-SCALE ANAEROBIC DIGESTION SYSTEMSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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