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

Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering

1st Edition

Waste Treatment Processes for Energy Generation

Editors: Ashok Pandey Rakesh Kumar Sunil Kumar
Paperback ISBN: 9780444640833
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st January 2019
Page Count: 412
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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 for proper management of waste.

The enormous increase of waste materials generated by human activity and their potentially harmful effects on the environment and public health have led to an increasing awareness of an urgent need to adopt scientific methods for safe disposal of wastes. While there is an obvious need to minimize the generation of wastes and to reuse and recycle them, the technologies for recovery of energy from wastes can play a vital role in mitigating this problem. Processes are often dependent on specific and individual circumstances. However, this book provides a basis on which to begin the review, highlighting key questions that should be asked, options that are available, and advising on the decision-making process.

Energy generation from waste is still a mammoth task and there is currently a lack of suitable techniques in all parts of the world. Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Waste Treatment Processes for Energy Generation outlines the basic knowledge of 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 content encompasses all the issues for energy recovery from waste in a very clear and simple manner, acting as a comprehensive resource to all those seeking an understanding of this topic.

Key Features

  • Outlines the latest technologies used for waste conversion into energy and facilitates project evaluation based on these
  • 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

Ashok Pandey

Ashok Pandey

Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute for Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Honorary Executive Director at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability- India; he was the former Deputy Director for CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology at Trivandrum, where he head the Centre for Biofuels and Biotechnology Division. Professor Pandey’s research interests are on bio-based economy for the production of fuels and chemicals. He has over 1000 publications and communications, which include 14 patents and design copyright, 34 books, 99 book chapters, and 391 original and review papers. Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and fellowships, including Fellow of International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, National Academy of Science (India), Biotech Research Society, India, and the International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. He was Chairman of the International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment, Finland (Food & Health) from 2003-2004. He is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (; International Coordinator and General Secretary of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (, and Vice-President of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability ( and All India Biotech Association ( Professor Pandey is Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology, Honorary Executive Advisors of Journal of Water Sustainability and Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals. Prof. Pandey was also recently honoured as the Most Cited Author as per the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016.

Affiliations and Expertise

CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India

Rakesh Kumar

Dr. Rakesh Kumar is a Director of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), a constituent laboratory of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) working under the umbrella of Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. Dr. Kumar is one of the leading personalities in the field of Environmental Science and Technology. His major research interests include a wide range of environment science and engineering topics. He has 135 publications / communications, which includes 11 patents, 5 books, 15 book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Scientist and Director CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur- 440 020, Maharashtra, India

Sunil Kumar

Sunil Kumar

Sunil Kumar is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Higher Education, F.G.M. Govt College, Haryana, India. He obtained an MSc from Kurukshetra University, and after qualifying on the NET Examination (a highly competitive test for lectureship in India), he earned a PhD in 2008 from Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, under the supervision of Professor Devinder Kumar. His research interests focus on the hypervalent iodine reagents, green chemistry, and mechanistic aspects of heterocylic compounds. He has published many research articles and reviews in professional journals and has also filed a patent.

Affiliations and Expertise

F.G.M. Govt. College, Mandi, Adampur, Haryana, India

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