Renewable Energy Systems

2013 Edition
| Editors: Martin Kaltschmitt, Nickolas J. Themelis, Lucien Y. Bronicki, Lennart Söder, Luis A. Vega

Waste-to-Energy using Refuse-Derived Fuel

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5820-3_400

Definition of Subject

Combustion of municipal refuse to produce energy and recover recyclable materials is consistent with goals to diversify energy generation sources and implement sustainable and renewable options. Using waste as a fuel can decrease dependency on non-sustainable fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, and provide a consistent and reliable source of recyclable materials, as well as get rid of the waste and minimize landfilling.

Processing the refuse to generate energy and recover materials before and after burning is an approach that has been provided as an alternative to mass-burn incineration. This alternative has been practiced as a parallel choice since the early 1970s, and, in many situations, has provided advantages in the form of increased energy production, lower landfill disposal requirements, higher quality combustion residues with low unburned carbon content, complete combustion, cleaner gases going to the air quality control system, higher materials...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hasselriis AssociatesForest HillsUSA
  2. 2.Energy Answers International, Inc.AlbanyUSA