Dryer lint as a source of renewable energy

In the Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, a group of researchers recently published what they claim to be "the first research developed to investigate potential applications of dryer lint in the energy recovery field."

They collected dryer lint from three different households, analyzed its composition, and then determined its potential use as a fuel. Their conclusion: "lint could be a new sustainable biomass source for renewable energy."

Hopefully they'll analyze the fuel potential of belly-button lint next.

via New Scientist
     Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 21, 2022
     Category: Power Generation

Ig Nobel Prize, for sure.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 12/21/22 at 09:22 AM
My dryer produces enough lint weekly to power NYC for a year.
Posted by Brian on 12/21/22 at 03:28 PM
Every camper should know how to turn dryer lint into a fire-starter -- it's just lint and wax in an ice cube tray. (If you use beeswax, they're both 'renewable' resources.) Depending on how good you are at making them, they can burn a long time.

I recently got a new dryer and wondered why the lint screen was never as full as what I was used to. I've been told it's because modern washers and dryers are gentler to the clothes, and most of the lint is supposed to go out the vent. Restricted flow makes the filter load up, meaning you should clean the vent before there's a fire. The new vent is obviously better than what I had.
Posted by Phideaux on 12/21/22 at 07:08 PM
@Virtual: not worth it.

Elzevier is a for-profit publisher, and a disgrace on my country.
Posted by Richard Bos on 12/25/22 at 07:09 AM
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