Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

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WTE: Fluidized Bed Technology

  • Franz P. NeubacherEmail author
  • Qunxing Huang
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_405-4



Oxidation of combustible materials at elevated temperatures.

Fluidized bedized bed

Intensively mixed bed of solid particles by means of an upward gas flow through the bed that keeps the particles in motion, somewhat like bubbling of gas through a liquid bath.

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

Natural resources are often simply differentiated in “renewable” (i.e., plant and animal life) and “nonrenewable” (i.e., minerals and fossil fuels). Efficient use of both renewable and nonrenewable resources is vital for sustainability and the future quality of life on earth. Energy recovery from used materials, also called waste-to-energy, is complementary to material recovery (i.e., recycling). Currently, about 90% of all presently consumed fossil fuels go directly to combustion and the generation of electricity or mechanical energy. The rest is used to produce plastics and other synthetic materials.

There are two major combustion technologies for recovering energy...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UV&P Environmental Management and Engineering (T.U. Graz) M.S. Technology &Policy (M.I.T)ViennaAustria
  2. 2.The Institute for Thermal Power EngineeringZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina