Waste-to-Energy (WtE)

Eduardo Jacob-Lopes, Leila Queiroz Zepka and Maria Isabel Queiroz

Series: Renewable Energy: Research, Development and Policies
BISAC: TEC010020




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The supply of sufficient quantities of energy with minimal environmental impact are among the key challenges of the macroenergy world. The search for fossil energy substitutes that meet the energy requirements of sustainability directs the development to renewable energies. In this way, a waste-to-energy (WtE) approach has been considered as potentially attractive alternatives for the development of new sources of energy. The use of industrial and domestic wastes to produce energy and fuels is associated with a high yield per unit area, use of non-edible materials, use of non-agricultural land, use of non-potable water sources, parallel production of co-products and the potential for mitigation of pollutants. Thus, biomass and bioproducts supported in wastes, when processed by physical, chemical and/or biological operations may provide different types of bioenergy, including primarily biodiesel, biohydrogen, bioethanol, biomethane, synthesis gas, volatile organic compounds and electricity. Independent of the technological aspects, fundamental elements such as life cycle assessment, the bioeconomy of the processes, the process integration, the process intensification and the biorefinery concept were considered in the book. Given the book’s breadth of coverage and extensive bibliography, it offers an essential resource for researchers and industry professionals working with energy from waste.


Chapter 1. Waste-to-Energy (WtE): Terminology, Definitions, and Concepts
(Maria Isabel Queiroz, Leila Queiroz Zepka and Eduardo Jacob-Lopes, School of Chemistry and Food, Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG), Rio Grande, RS, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 2. Life Cycle Assessment in Waste-To-Energy Systems
(Mariany Costa Deprá, Leila Queiroz Zepka and Eduardo Jacob-Lopes, Food Science and Technology Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, UFSM, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil)

Chapter 3. The Bioeconomy of Waste-to-Energy Production
(Maria Ester Dal-Poz, Business School, University of Campinas – UNICAMP, SP, Brazil)

Chapter 4. Process Intensification Applied to Waste-to-Energy Production
(Claudia Gutiérrez-Antonio and Salvador Hernández, Facultad de Química, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Av. Cerro de las Campanas s/n, Las Campanas, Querétaro, Querétaro, México, and others)

Chapter 5. Process Integration Applied To Waste-To-Energy Production
(Gbemi Oluleye, Sustainable Gas Institute, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ, UK)

Chapter 6. Waste-to-Energy Production through a Biorefinery System
(Sameena Begum, A. Gangagni Rao, Suresh.K. Bhargava, S.Sridhar, Veeriah Jegatheesan, Nicky Eshtiaghi, Bioengineering and Environmental Sciences (BEES) Group, Environmental Engineering and Fossil Fuels (EEFF) Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Tarnaka, Hyderabad, India, and others)

Chapter 7. Anaerobic Digestion: An Assessment of the Biodegradability of a Biogas Digester Fed with Substrates at Different Mixing Ratios
(Patrick Mukumba, Golden Makaka, Sampson Mamphweli, Vabs Xuza and Masukume Peacemaker, University of Fort Hare, Physics Department, Private Bag X1314, Alice, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 8. Fermentation of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks
(Luciano Jacob Corrêa and Antonio José Gonçalves Cruz, Engineering Department, Federal University of Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 9. Agroindustrial Wastewaters: A Potential Feedstock for Hydrogen Production
(Livia M. Massula, Lucas R. Ramos, Camila A. Menezes, Schayanna C. A. Macário, Priscilla S. Almeida, Aline G. O. Paranhos and Edson L. Silva, Department of Chemical Engineering, Federal University of São Carlos. Rod. Washington Luis, São Carlos, SP, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 10. Microbial Fuel Cells: The Waste-To-Energy Approach
(K. N. Yogalakshmi, T. Poornima Devi, K. Tamilarasan, S. Logakanthi, R. Yukesh Kannah, M. Gunasekaran and J. Rajesh Banu, Centre for Environmental Science and Technology, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India, and others)

Chapter 11. Mechanical Biological Treatment
(Nilmara Braz Dias and Nathália Vieceli, Centre of Natural Resource and Environmental - CERENA – Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 12. Biologically-Assisted Combustion: A Waste-To-Energy Approach
(Ihana Aguiar Severo, Leila Queiroz Zepka and Eduardo Jacob-Lopes, Food Science and Technology Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, UFSM, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil)

Chapter 13. Gasification of Waste Materials
(Gilles Maag, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Rämistrasse, Zürich, Switzerland)

Chapter 14. Thermal Depolymerization of Wastes
(Mariana Manzoni Maroneze, Juliana Guerra Vieira and Maria Isabel Queiroz, Food Science and Technology Department, Federal University of Santa Maria, UFSM, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 15. Pyrolysis of Waste Materials
(Maria Bernardo, Inês Matos, Marcia Ventura, Rubia Risso, Joaquim Vital, Nuno Lapa and Isabel Fonseca, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Caparica, Portugal)

Chapter 16. Plasma Arc Gasification
(Isam Janajreh, Mechanical Engineering Program, Masdar Institute a Part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)


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