Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444640833, 9780444640840

Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering

1st Edition

Waste Treatment Processes for Energy Generation

Editors: Sunil Kumar Rakesh Kumar Ashok Pandey
Paperback ISBN: 9780444640833
eBook ISBN: 9780444640840
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 8th January 2018
Page Count: 382
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Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Waste Treatment Processes for Energy Generation provides extensive research on the role of waste management processes/technologies for energy generation. The enormous increase of waste materials generated by human activity and its potentially harmful effects on the environment and public health have led to an increasing awareness of an urgent need to adopt scientific methods for the safe disposal of wastes. This book outlines the basic knowledge, processes and technologies for the generation of energy from waste and functions as an important reference for academics and practitioners at varying levels of interest and knowledge.

The book's content encompasses all issues for energy recovery from waste in a very clear and simple manner, acting as a comprehensive resource for anyone seeking an understanding on the topic.

Key Features

  • Outlines the latest technologies used for waste conversion into energy and facilitates project evaluation based on these technologies
  • Summarizes the pros and cons of various processes
  • Includes case studies and economic analysis


Postgraduate and graduate students, researchers in academia, bio-industries, and government. It is also useful to students in the areas of Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Waste legislations across the globe: An overview
3. Global status of waste to energy technology
4. Different waste treatment processes/technologies for energy recovery
5. Biofuels production from biomass towards sustainable development
6. Landfill gas as an energy source
7. Case studies around the world: Successful stories and challenges
8. Application of geographic information system in energy utilization
9. Promoting waste-to-energy: Nexus thinking, policy instruments and implications for the environment
10. The concept of energy efficient residential block design
11. Energy aware intelligence in megacities
12. Waste to energy model/tool presentation
13. Aspen plus modeling approach in solid waste gasification
14. Energy from waste: Future prospects towards sustainable development
15. Value creation with waste to energy: Economic consideration
16. Worldwide business model-environmental and financial aspects


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About the Editor

Sunil Kumar

Sunil Kumar

Dr. Sunil Kumar is a Senior Scientist at CSIR–National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, India. Dr. Kumar has extensive experience in the field of solid and hazardous waste management and has over 80 publications and communications, which include three books and eight book chapters, and has an H index of 24 and more than 3700 citations.

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIR–National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur, India

Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar is a Distinguished Professor and holds a National Chair in Cancer Research at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Visiting Professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at VCU School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology & Oncology at the Rutgers NJ Medical Center - Newark. Dr. Kumar is a molecular cancer biologist with a particular research interest in revealing the intricacies of phenotypic signaling in the context of cancer progression with over thirty years of continuing research contribution to cancer research. Dr. Kumar has served as a faculty member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Penn State University Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and George Washington University until June 2017, while holding distinguished endowed chair positions at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and George Washington University as well as served as a Deputy Chairman and Chairman of basic science departments at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and George Washington University from 2002 to 2014. Dr. Kumar's laboratory has made conceptual advances in the areas of mechanism of estrogen action, HER family of growth factor receptors, and cytoskeleton and chromatin remodeling in cancer cell. For example, his laboratory has put the p21-activated kinase (PAK) family of kinases and NuRD coregulators on the scientific map in the context of cancer research, including discovering the role of PAK in human cancer and revealing the nuclear functions of PAK for the first time. Dr. Kumar's laboratory also paved the way for new research opportunities for other biomedical scientists and offered novel therapeutic targets to academic and pharmaceutical programs. Dr. Kumar has authored over 300 cancer research articles in leading scientific journals and edited or co-edited six books or special thematic in the area of experimental therapeutics and signaling. Dr. Kumar has severed on the editorial board of numerous leading cancer research journals, including, Cancer Research where he was a Senior Editor until 2014, and currently serving on the editorial boards of several main stream cancer journals. Dr. Kumar has been actively contributed to the peer-review process for National and International funding agencies over about twenty-five years, including, National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, VA System, and several foreign governmental funding agencies. Over the last three decades, Dr. Kumar's cancer research laboratory has served a platform to train over 63 postdoctoral fellows, physician scientists and graduate students interest in cancer research, at-large. Dr. Kumar has served and serving on multiple editorial boards of leading cancer journals for about two decades, and shared his cancer research experience and knowledge by delivering over 270 invited lectures at national and international scientific conferences, universities, medical schools and hospitals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor and National Chair in Cancer Research, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, India

Ashok Pandey

Ashok Pandey

Prof. Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc. Professor Pandey is Adjunct/Visiting Professor/Scientist in universities in France, Brazil, Canada, China, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, etc and also in several universities several in India. He has ~ 1300 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 83 books, ~ 700 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 93 and > 38,000 citations (Goggle scholar). Professor Pandey is Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology, Honorary Executive Advisor of Journal of Water Sustainability and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Subject Editor of Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Centre of Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India & Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability-India, Lucknow, India

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