Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Davis, Jeremiah

Committee Member

Evans, David

Committee Member

Davis, Jeremiah

Committee Member

Samson, Scott

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Engineering Technology

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Engineering Technology Program


The objective of this study is to determine a predicted energy capacity of disaster debris for the production of emergency power using a combined heat and power (CHP) unit. A prediction simulation using geographic information systems (GIS) will use data from past storms to calculate an estimated amount of debris along with an estimated energy potential of said debris. Rather than the expense and burden of transporting woody debris such as downed trees and wood framing materials offsite, they can be processed (sorting and chipping) to provide an onsite energy source to provide power to emergency management facilities such as shelters in schools and hospitals. A CHP unit can simultaneously produce heat, cooling effects and electrical power using various biomass sources.This study surveys the quantity and composition of debris produced for a given classification of disaster and location. A comparison of power efficiency estimates for various disasters is conducted.