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Fossil and biogenic CO(2) from waste incineration based on a yearlong radiocarbon study.
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PMID:  22542859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
We describe the first long-term implementation of the radiocarbon ((14)C) method to study the share of biogenic (%Bio C) and fossil (%Fos C) carbon in combustion CO(2). At five Swiss incinerators, a total of 24 three-week measurement campaigns were performed over 1year. Temporally averaged bag samples were analyzed for (14)CO(2) by accelerator mass spectrometry. Significant differences between the plants in the share of fossil CO(2) were observed, with annual mean values from 43.4±3.9% to 54.5±3.1%. Variations can be explained by the waste composition of the respective plant. Based on our dataset, an average value of 48±4%Fos C was determined for waste incineration in Switzerland. No clear annual trend in %Fos C was observed for four of the monitored incinerators, while one incinerator showed considerable variations, which are likely due to the separation and temporary storage of bulky goods.
J Mohn; S Szidat; K Zeyer; L Emmenegger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Waste management (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-2456     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9884362     Medline TA:  Waste Manag     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Empa, Laboratory for Air Pollution & Environmental Technology, Überlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.
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