WIT Press


Recovering Energy From Liquid Sanitary Waste For Direct Alcohol Fuel Cell

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ESUS090271

Volume

121

Pages

8

Published

2009

Size

698 kb

Author(s)

V. Pelillo & D. Laforgia

Abstract

The evolution of energy systems can take place through different ways and, sometimes, by using processes already known but to be improved by the evolution of continuous research. That is the case of DAFC (Direct Alcohol Fuel Cell), known for a century, but whose operating mode consists of employing alcohol (at determined conditions). The objective of this work is not only to show the sustainability of these devices but mainly their application for supplying re-cycled ethanol and glycol, recovered from sanitary liquid waste, to be used for biomedical apparatus and plant located inside hospital pavilions, such as Neonatology, Resuscitation and Surgery rooms, where, the electric energy, must not be interruptible for safety reason because the DAFC must always be working. The proposed solution is supported by the U.E. Act (Directive 2006/12/CE) that allows waste recovery in order to produce energy. It is an innovating and alternative manner to provide a good use of sanitary liquid waste instead of sending them to common and regular disposal. Keywords: sanitary waste, cell fuel, disposal, waste recovery, waste legislation.

Keywords

sanitary waste, cell fuel, disposal, waste recovery, waste legislation