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Karen Kronoveter



My research focuses on assessing the feasibility of implementing a decentralized Food Waste (FW)-to-Energy system for two case study partners.  It serves first to quantify and qualify the energy recovery potential of FW samples by two different microbially-mediated conversion technologies at the bench-scale level.  These include FW to methane (anaerobic digestion ([AD]) by biodigesters and FW to electricity directly (electrogenesis) by microbial fuel cells (MFCs). 
The laboratory evaluations also test several conversion optimization strategies.  Life-Cycle/Cost-Benefit analyses are being conducted to quantify and evaluate the costs, environmental impacts, energy recoveries, and overall feasibilities of implementing full-scale FW-to-Energy systems, comparing the impact of the technology and centralized/decentralized infrastructure settings. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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