Extracting Heat From a Compost Pile
The Decomposing Energy: Getting heat from the Compost Pile method is about determining the energy release from a compost pile. The energy released by heat in compost piles is present in the form of water vapor. The rise in temperature caused by the decomposing process is a natural outcome of the organic matter’s decay. The amount of heat released from the compost pile is typically measured in Kilojoules per kilogram.
The decomposition process is a complex. Many organisms work together to break down organic matter. Most of these are not visible to the naked eyes. The most visible organisms are those in the final stages of their decomposition. A succession of insects and microbes collaborate to transform organic feedstocks into compost. However, the decomposing process is not without risk. The resulting carbon emissions are dangerous to the environment.
The heat was recovered using a vapor compression heat pump. The heat transfer coils were situated in the composting material. The temperature could be increased to 80 degrees Celsius. The rate of heat recovery was between four and five thousand kJ/kg. Additionally, the CO2 of the process varied from 3.5 to six. That’s quite impressive. Since the energy that composts is mostly in the form of heat, it would be possible to extract a substantial amount of energy from it.
In addition to the mass, there are other elements that influence the heat recovery rate. Specific energy and heat recovery should be used to measure the biomass content of the compost pile. Specific energy is the amount of energy that can be recovered for each unit of mass and volatile substances. The net energy recovery value is the amount of energy recovered and the energy needed to operate the CHRS. The average rate of recovery is reported by most commercial systems. Peak recovery is important for comparison because it includes a substantial amount of biomass that may not contribute to the heat.