24th October 2012, 10:00am EST
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One of the most readily-available and viable solutions to help address the challenge of our growing energy needs is Energy-from-Waste (EfW) – which has the potential to take a multitude of waste streams (such as municipal solid waste) and convert them into energy.
There are many EfW processes, but most commonly waste passes through combustion chambers at high temperatures, reducing it to around 25% of its original volume. Steel tubes that form the walls of the combustion chambers are heated, transforming water in the tubes to steam that is sent through a turbine to continuously generate electricity. Despite this relatively simple process and endless supply of feedstocks, EfW is often overlooked when compared with other bioenergy technologies (not to mention the more high profile renewable technologies like wind and solar power). One reason for this is the challenge associated with generating energy from waste as efficiently as possible on the one hand, while doing so in an environmentally sound and socially acceptable way on the other.
But a new generation of EfW technologies have been developed that can convert waste into energy with minimal environmental impact – while maximising resource and energy recovery. So called Advanced Conversion Technologies (ACTs), which use residual, non-recyclable waste to produce a synthesis gas (syngas) to generate electricity and other energy outputs, have the potential to combat rising waste levels while helping meet the world’s need for a clean, safe energy supply.
This webinar will give a snapshot behind the development of Energy-from-Waste, and highlight the benefits of ACTs. It will cover the following issues:
- The development of EfW and its current challenges; .
- The benefits that Advanced Conversion Technologies (ACTs) bring to EfW; .
- *Case study* Gasplasma® technology: we look in depth at one EfW technology currently causing a stir, which uses plasma arc technology to further purify the waste-derived gas. It has been developed by APP (Advanced Plasma Power), a leading waste-to-energy and advanced fuels technology company.