The rapid growth of waste materials generated by humanity and available waste management options in the U.S. cities and worldwide has resulted in renewed focus on thermal conversion technologies, particularly combustion and gasification. As the generation of various types of solid wastes is growing rapidly, municipalities and companies are moving towards alternative solutions to their waste management problems to the age old method of landfilling. This has resulted in the development and application of many thermal treatment technologies whose objective is resource recovery along with sustainable waste management. In turn this has created a need for earth and environmental engineers with training in thermal treatment technologies that are coupled with the recovery of electricity and heat.
In addition, the threat of climate change and the focus on renewable energy sources also has many companies, funding agencies and the public looking toward gasification technologies for converting biomass and municipal solid wastes (MSW) to syngas and synthetic oil. The DOE recently funded ($50 million) several companies to develop and build demonstration plants for converting waste materials to fuels or chemicals.
This session will cover the origins, quantities, and characterization of solid wastes. Chemical and physical phenomena involved in the combustion or gasification of wastes. Introduction of thermal conversion technologies, ranging from combustion to gasification and to pyrolysis. Quantitative description of the dominant waste to energy processes used worldwide, including feedstock preparation, grate and fluid bed combustion, heat transfer from combustion gases to steam, avoidance of high temperature corrosion, removal of inorganic and organic emissions, energy and metal recovery, and management of ash residues. Life cycle analysis and sustainability indices of competitive waste management methods. Both existing and next generation designs will be analyzed.
Join Marco J. Castaldi as he introduces the latest advances in energy technology. During this engaging and information-packed event, you’ll learn how the government is actually promoting waste to energy technology and how your municipality can join in the movement.
Who should attend:
Dr. Marco Castaldi
Dr. Marco Castaldi currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of The City College (CCNY) of City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to joining CCNY, he was Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Earth & Environmental Engineering Department. Professor Ca... More info