Plastics to Energy

Plastics to Energy

Fuel, Chemicals, and Sustainability Implications

1st Edition - November 5, 2018

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  • Author: Sultan Al-Salem
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128131404
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128131411

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Plastics to Energy: Fuel, Chemicals, and Sustainability Implications covers important trends in the science and technology of polymer recovery, such as the thermo-chemical treatment of plastics, the impact of environmental degradation on mechanical recycling, incineration and thermal unit design, and new options in biodegradable plastics. The book also introduces product development opportunities from waste materials and discusses the main processes and pathways of the conversion of polymeric materials to energy, fuel and chemicals. A particular focus is placed on industrial case studies and academic reviews, providing a practical emphasis that enables plastics practitioners involved in end-of-life aspects to employ these processes. Final sections examine lifecycle and cost analysis of different plastic waste management processes, exploring the potential of various techniques in modelling, optimization and simulation of waste management options.

Key Features

  • Introduces new pathways for the end-of-life treatment of plastics and polymers, including conversion to energy, fuel and other chemicals
  • Compares different options to assist materials scientists, engineers and waste management practitioners to choose the most effective and sustainable option
  • Covers the latest trends in the science and technology of polymer energy recovery


Polymer scientists and engineers involved in the development of new end-of-life recovery methods for plastics materials, and plastics practitioners actually carrying out these recovery processes

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Plastics & Plastic Solid Waste (PSW)

    1. Introduction

      Sultan Majed Al-Salem

    2. Major Technologies Implemented for Chemicals and Fuel Recovery

      Sultan Majed Al-Salem

    3. Energy Production from Plastic Solid Waste (PSW)

      Sultan Majed Al-Salem

    4. The Sustainability Challenge in the Context of Polymer Degradation

      Sultan Majed Al-Salem

    Part II: Products Recovery From Plastics

    5. Feedstock and Optimal Operation for Plastics to Fuel Conversion in Pyrolysis

      Sultan Majed Al-Salem

    6. Catalytic Conversion and Chemical Recovery

      George Manos, Achilleas Constantinou, Sanaa Hafeez and Elena Pallari

    7. Fuel Properties Associated with Catalytic Conversion of Plastics

      Brajendra K. Sharma

    8. Design and Limitations in Polymer Cracking Fluidised Beds for Energy Recovery)

      Achilleas Constantinou, Ana Antelava, Elena Pallari and George Manos

    9. Kinetic Studies Related to Polymer Degradation and Stability

      Sultan Majed Al-Salem

    10. Gasification of Plastic Solid Waste and Competitive Technologies

      Animesh Dutta

    11. The Valorisation of Plastic via Thermal Means: Industrial Scale Combustion Methods

      Animesh Dutta

    12. Emissions and Environmental Burdens Associated with Plastic Solid Waste Management

      Brajesh K. Dubey

    Part III: Sustainable Implications

    13. From Waste to Resources: How to Integrate Recycling into the Production Cycle of Plastics

      Brajendra K. Sharma

    14. Bio-Plastics: Is It The Way In Future Developments For End Users? A note on dissolution of waste polymers in Bio-Fuels

      Sampa Saha and Srijita Purkayastha

    15. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Municipal Waste Decision Making

      Animesh Dutta and Brajesh K. Dubey

    16. Can Biodegradation Solve Plastic Waste Accumulation?

      Adriaan Stephanus Luyt and Ian Mabbett

    17. Optimization Frameworks in Resource Management and Process Engineering

      Marcin Sajdak

    18. Waste from Electronic & Electrical Equipment (WEEE)

      Brajesh K. Dubey

    19. The role of biodegradation in solving plastic solid waste accumulation

      Bronwyn Laycock

    20. Research and Development (R&D) Strategies: The Way Forward as we See it

      Sultan Majed Al-Salem

    21. Future Directions

      Sultan Majed Al-Salem

Product details

  • No. of pages: 562
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2018
  • Published: November 5, 2018
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128131404
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128131411

About the Author

Sultan Al-Salem

Dr. Sultan Al-Salem is an Associate Research Scientist at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, working on a number of projects in the areas of polymer mechanical recycling via waste/virgin blends weathering and evaluation, polymers degradation kinetics in pilot plant reactors, membrane technology in the petroleum industry, indoor/outdoor air quality assessment and CO2 source determination and capture in various industries.

He has worked on a number of R&D projects in the oil & gas sector, as well as the environmental and techno-economic side of chemical engineering. He focuses on applied research in in depolymerization kinetics, thermal engineering, polymer characterization, process & reactors design, separation technologies, weathering and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Affiliations and Expertise

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Safat, Kuwait

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