As global populations continue to increase, the application of biotechnological processes for disposal and control of waste has gained importance in recent years. Advances in Waste-to-Energy Technologies presents the latest developments in the areas of solid waste management, Waste-to-Energy (WTE) technologies, biotechnological approaches, and their global challenges. It combines biotechnological procedures, sophisticated modeling, and techno-economic analysis of waste, and examines the current need for the maximum recovery of energy from wastes as well as the associated biotechnological and environmental impacts.
This book will serve as a valuable reference for researchers, academicians, municipal authorities, government bodies, waste managers, building engineers, and environmental consultants requiring an understanding of waste management and the latest WTE technologies.
Introduction and the basis of waste management technologies. Solid waste: Its characterization, assessment, monitoring, and remediation. Thermal treatment of waste (gasification, pyrolysis, and incineration). Biological treatment of waste. Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Future by integrating biotechnological approaches. Application of environmental biotechnological tools for organic waste management. Environmental biotechnology for the production of different bio-based chemicals. Pollution control systems for different innovative waste management strategies. 3E (Energy, Economic and Environmental) analysis of waste management strategies. Waste biorefinery models for a sustainable circular economy. Issues and Global Challenges for Sustainable solid waste management. Greenhouse gas profile of waste management opportunities. Environmental, economical and social impact of solid waste management. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach to evaluate different waste management opportunities. Conclusions, synthesis and future research.