Consumer’s guide to generators & engines

By Curt Harler, Renewable Energy from Waste.

Running a generator for a waste conversion process is like hiking in the woods. If you have a good map and know where you are going, the trek will be a pleasant experience. Blunder blindly into the forest and there are many a big bad wolf out there to get you.

Whether municipal or private, the investment in a generation system represents a huge capital outlay. Getting the most out of a system involves a host of issues—most of which can be engineered properly if they are defined ahead of time.

Depending on the source material and the required output, there are different approaches and degrees of difficulty to generate fuel economically.