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How much energy can be generated by a large compost pile?

I have heard stories of compost piles getting extremely hot and I was wondering how many watts could be generated.

How many Watts depends on many factors, like what you are composting, how big it is, the ambient temperature etc etc.

Here is a research paper with lots of good information:
http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijce/2010/627930.html 

Steve
rickharris6 years ago
Hot enough to burst into flames worst case.