Waste Management

Thermochemical Waste Treatment
Combustion, Gasification, and Other Methodologies

Editor: Elena Cristina Rada, PhD

Thermochemical Waste Treatment

Published. Now available.
Pub Date: July 2016
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771883085
E-Book ISBN: 9781771883092
Pages: 320pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 63 b/w illustrations

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

With a growing world population, diminishing fossil fuel resources, and increasing waste generation, the world finds itself in a critical situation. The people of the world will have to think in a different way about the materials they no longer use or need.

Increasing attention is being paid to the valorization of solid wastes—converting them into energy or other useful products. This book describes recent research into methodologies and technologies for managing various forms of solid waste, while at the same time generating energy and revenue with less impact on the environment. Topics include:
  • combustion
  • gasification
  • pyrolysis
  • hydrothermal carbonization
The transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to a more sustainable economy will require a solid foundation of ongoing scientific research. The editor of this compendium, a well-respected researcher in the field, has selected studies that help to build that foundation. The book is intended for a wide audience, ranging from engineers and academics to decision-makers in both the public and private sectors.


Part 1: Combustion
1. Comparative Study of Flue Gas Dry Desulphurization and SCR Systems in an Industrial Hazardous Waste Incinerator
F. Le Gleau, S. Caillat, E. Perdrix, L. Gasnot, D. Gambier, and J-F. Pauwels
2. Characteristics of Melting Incinerator Ashes Using a Direct Current Plasma Torch
Xinchao Pan and Zhengmiao Xie

Part 2: Gasification
3. Biomass and RDF Gasification Utilizing Ballistic Heating TGA Analysis
M. J. Castaldi
4. Cogeneration of Renewable Energy from Biomass (Utilization of Municipal Solid Waste as Electricity Production: Gasification Method)
Misgina Tilahun, Omprakash Sahu, Manohar Kotha, and Hemlata Sahu
5. Landfill Minimization and Material Recovery Via Waste Gasification in a New Waste Management Scheme
N. Tanigaki, Y. Ishida, and M. Osada
6. Analysis of Organic and Inorganic Contaminants in Dried Sewage Sludge and By-Products of Dried Sewage Sludge Gasification
Sebastian Werle and Mariusz Dudziak

Part 3: Pyrolysis
7. Pyrolysis of Waste Plastics and Whole Combustible Components Separated from Municipal Solid Wastes: Comparison of Products and Emissions
L. Zhao, D. Chen, Z. Wang, X. Ma, and G. Zhou
8. Thermal and Catalytic Pyrolysis of Plastic Waste
Débora Almeida and Maria De Fátima Marques

9. Facile Route to Generate Fuel Oil via Catalytic Pyrolysis of Waste Polypropylene Bags: Towards Waste Management of >20 µm Plastic Bags
Neeraj Mishra, Sunil Pandey, Bhushan Patil, Mukeshchand Thukur, Ashmi Mewada, Madhuri Sharon, and Maheshwar Sharon
10. Kinetic Study of the Pyrolysis of Waste Printed Circuit Boards Subject to Conventional and Microwave Heating
Jing Sun, Wenlong Wang, Zhen Liu, Qingluan Ma, Chao Zhao, and Chunyuan Ma
11. Studies on Pyrolysis Kinetic of Newspaper Wastes in a Packed Bed Reactor: Experiments, Modeling, and Product Characterization
Aparna Sarkar, Sudip De Sarkar, Michael Langanki, and Ranjana Chowdhury
12. A Review on Waste to Energy Processes Using Microwave Pyrolysis
Su Shiung Lam and Howard A. Chase

Part 4: Hydrothermal Carbonization
13. Hydrothermal Upgrading of Korean MSW for Solid Fuel Production: Effect of MSW Composition
Daegi Kim, Pandji Prawisudha, and Kunio Yoshikawa


About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Elena Cristina Rada, PhD
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Trento, Italy; Executive Editor, Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation

Elena Cristina Rada, PhD, is currently Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Trento, Italy, as well as Executive Editor of the Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation. She earned her master's degree in Environmental Engineering from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania; she received a PhD in Environmental Engineering and a second PhD in Power Engineering from the University of Trento, Italy, and the Politehnica University of Bucharest. Her post-doc work was in Sanitary Engineering at the University of Trento, Italy. She has been a professor in the Municipal Solid Waste master’s program at Politehnica University of Bucharest and has served on the organizing committees of “Energy Valorization of Sewage Sludge,” an international conference held in Rovereto, Italy, and Venice 2010, an International Waste Working Group international conference. She also teaches seminars in the bachelor, master, and doctorate modules in the University of Trento and Padua and Politehnica University of Bucharest and has managed university funds at national and international level. Dr. Rada is a reviewer of international journals, a speaker at many international conferences, and the author or co-author of about a hundred research papers. Her research interests are bio mechanical municipal solid waste treatments, biological techniques for biomass characterization, environmental and energy balances regarding municipal solid waste, indoor and outdoor pollution (prevention and remediation) and health, and innovative remediation techniques for contaminated sites and streams.

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