CharWorks-Process Modeling for Continuous Carbonization of Biomass Residues in Low-Resource Settings

UROP Title: CharWorks-Process Modeling for Continuous Carbonization of Biomass Residues in Low-Resource Settings

Term UROP is offered: Fall 2020

Compensation: Paid ($13.50/hr) or credit

Location: Remote

Supervisor/Contact: Dan Sweeney


Project Description

Cities in low-income countries consume thousands of tons per day of forest-derived charcoal for household and commercial cooking, contributing to deforestation, regional air pollution, and global climate change. Organic waste from cities and farms accumulates in massive quantities, becomes a nuisance, and is often landfilled or openly burned.

These under-utilized waste streams can be used to manufacture char, a valuable raw material that can be used to make organic fertilizers and a substitute for wood charcoal (charcoal briquettes), however efficient and safe conversion technology at scale is not accessible.

Students working on this UROP project will perform process and economic modeling to assess the mass and energy balances, and the cost-effectiveness of such a process.

This is a great opportunity to apply your engineering skills to an impactful project!

More on MIT D-Lab Biomass Fuels and Cookstoves research.

Prerequisites

Applicants preferred who have familiarity with chemical process design and unit operations.

Compensation

This is a paid UROP opportunity at $13.50/hour with an expectation that the student will spend between 80-140 hours on the project over the course of the semester.

Apply by September 9, 2020

Interested candidates should email Dan Sweeney, MIT D-Lab Research Scientist; Lead, MIT D-Lab Biomass Fuels and Cookstoves Group.

 


 

Link to opportunity on the MIT UROP site