Global Warming Potential Of A Waste Refinery Using Enzymatic Treatment

Davide Tonini, Thomas Astrup

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    Decrease of fossil fuel dependence and resource saving has become increasingly important during the last years. In this perspective, higher recycling rates for valuable materials as well as energy recovery from waste streams could play a significant role substituting for virgin material production and fossil resources. This is especially important with respect to the residual waste (i.e. the remains after source-separation and separate collection) which is typically incinerated or landfilled. In this paper the energy and Global Warming performance of a pilot-scale waste refinery for the enzymatic treatment of municipal solid waste (MSW) was presented. The refinery produced a liquid (liquefied organic materials and paper) and a solid fraction (non-degradable materials) from the initial waste. A number of scenarios for the utilization of the two outputs were analyzed. Co-combustion in existing power plants and utilization of the liquid fraction for biogas production turned out to be the best options with respect to energy and Global Warming performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings
    Place of PublicationItaly
    PublisherCISA, Environmental Sanitary Engineering Centre
    Publication date2010
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventThird International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste - Venice, Italy
    Duration: 8 Nov 201011 Nov 2010
    Conference number: 3


    ConferenceThird International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste


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