Fuel Cells in the Waste-to-Energy Chain

Distributed Generation Through Non-Conventional Fuels and Fuel Cells

  • Stephen J. McPhail
  • Viviana Cigolotti
  • Angelo Moreno

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Uncovering Hidden Potential

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephen J. McPhail
      Pages 3-21
    3. Viviana Cigolotti
      Pages 23-44
  3. Winning Fuel from Residue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Erica Massi
      Pages 47-63
    3. Katia Gallucci
      Pages 65-79
    4. Erica Massi, Hary Devianto, Katia Gallucci
      Pages 81-94
  4. Pushing for Quality End Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Ping-Hsun Hsieh , J. Robert Selman, Stephen J. McPhail
      Pages 97-107
    3. Robert Steinberger-Wilckens
      Pages 109-122
    4. Giulia Monteleone, Stephen J. McPhail, Katia Gallucci
      Pages 123-143
    5. Viviana Cigolotti, Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, Stephen J. McPhail, Hary Devianto
      Pages 145-162
  5. Connecting Powers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Erica Massi, Stephen J. McPhail
      Pages 165-176
    3. Maria Gaeta
      Pages 177-188
    4. Ludwig Jörissen
      Pages 189-203
  6. Implementation and Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Stephen J. McPhail
      Pages 219-222
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 223-227

About this book


As the availability of fossils fuels becomes more limited, the negative impact of their consumption becomes an increasingly relevant factor in our choices with regards to primary energy sources. The exponentially increasing demand for energy is reflected in the mass generation of by-products and waste flows which characterize current society’s development and use of fossil sources. The potential for recoverable material and energy in these ever-increasing refuse flows is huge, even after the separation of hazardous constituent elements, allowing safe and sustainable further exploitation of an otherwise 'wasted' resource.  Fuel Cells in the Waste-to-Energy Chain explores the concept of waste-to-energy through a 5 step process which reflects the stages during the transformation of  refuse flows to a valuable commodity such as clean energy.

By providing selected, integrated alternatives to the current centralized, wasteful, fossil-fuel based infrastructure, Fuel Cells in the Waste-to-Energy Chain explores how the concept of waste-to-energy can be constructed and developed into a realistic solution. The entire spectrum of current and future energy problems is illuminated through the explanation of the operational, integration and marketing implications of high efficiency technological solutions using the real context of developed regions such as Europe. Up-to-date reviews are provided on the status of technology and demonstration, implementation and marketing perspectives.

The detailed technological information and insight gathered from over twenty years of experience in the field makes Fuel Cells in the Waste-to-Energy Chain a valuable resource for all engineers and researchers in the fields of energy supply systems and waste conversion, as well as providing a key reference for discussions by policy makers, marketing experts and industry developers working in energy supply and waste management.


CP8059 Decentralised Power Generation Fuel Cells Fuel Conditioning Waste-to-Energy Waste-to-Energy Technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen J. McPhail
    • 1
  • Viviana Cigolotti
    • 2
  • Angelo Moreno
    • 3
  1. 1.Enea C.R. CasacciaRomaItaly
  2. 2.Enea C.R. CasacciaRomaItaly
  3. 3.Enea C.R. CasacciaRomaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-2368-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-2369-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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