Waste-to-Energy Technology

Waste-to-Energy (WTE) technology utilizes Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) to create electric and heat energy through various complex conversion methods. This technology provides an alternative source of renewable energy in a world with limited or challenged fossil reserves and there is a significant excess supply of MSW (primarily in landfills) around the globe. The demand for MSW as a fuel source has increased, driven by the rising costs of landfill disposal and difficulties in expanding existing landfill capacities.

ScottMadden provides an overview of the primary methods of transforming MSW to energy via the processes of incineration, anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis as well as examining the types of technologies such as WTE boilers, landfill gas facilities and others. An overview of government policies and regulations and the resultant impact on energy costs will be explored and world and domestic projections on the growth of WTE will be detailed.

Contributing Author: Jake Jacobi

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