Waste Biorefineries

Waste Biorefineries

Advanced Design Concepts for Integrated Waste to Energy Processes

1st Edition - January 1, 2023

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  • Authors: Jinyue Yan, Chaudhary Salman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323917612

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Waste Biorefineries: Advanced Design Concepts for Integrated Waste to Energy Processes presents a detailed guide to the design of energy-efficient and cost-effective waste-integrated biorefineries. Integrating thermochemical processing of waste with existing waste-to-energy technologies, the book includes the latest developments and technologies. It introduces current waste valorization techniques and examines reasons to modify existing waste-to-energy systems through the integration of new processes. In addition, the book explains the design of novel biorefineries and methods to assess these processes alongside detailed results, including the integration of waste-based CHP plants with waste gasification and the integration of pyrolysis technologies and biogas plants with waste thermochemical processing.Other sections discuss the issues and challenges of commercializing waste-to-energy technologies, including uncertainty in waste thermochemical process designs, the environmental impact of waste-integrated biorefineries, and the role of integrated waste-to-energy management in smart cities and urban energy systems. This book will be an invaluable reference for students, researchers and those in industry who are interested in the design and implementation of waste-to-energy systems, waste biomass-based combined heat and power plants, biogas plants and forest-based industries.

Key Features

  • Presents advanced and novel waste conversion processes and provides the tools, data and models for waste-to-energy processes and waste biorefineries availability
  • Provides comprehensive uncertainty analysis of waste-to-energy designs and modelling processes
  • Examines the replicability potential of methods for the design of waste biorefineries for different regions and markets with different sets of products


Academic and Industrial sector researchers related to bioenergy, specifically waste/biomass based combined heat and power plants, biogas plants, and forest-based industries

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Introduction
    1. Municipal waste management overview
    1.1 Waste management for sustainable development
    1.2 Fundamentals of Municipal waste management
    1.3 Waste management in European countries
    1.4 Waste management in developing countries
    1.5 Economic implications of lack of municipal waste management
    1.6 Integrated waste management: Principles and applications
    2. Waste-to-Energy (WtE)
    2.1 Waste-to-Energy technologies
    2.1.1 Fundamentals of WTE plants
    2.1.2 Combustion
    2.1.3 Anaerobic digestion
    2.1.4 Gasification and Pyrolysis
    2.1.5 Integrated technologies
    2.2 Limitations of current Waste-to-energy processes
    2.2.1 Performance and operational issues
    2.2.2 Cost effectiveness issues
    2.2.3 Lower flexibility problems 
    3. From standalone WtE processes to waste-integrated biorefineries
    3.1 Tools to minimize the limitations of available WtE processes
    3.2 Biorefineries
    3.3 Biorefineries through process integration
    3.4 Waste-integrated biorefineries

    Part II: System configurations of the studied waste integrated biorefineries
    4. From cogeneration to polygeneration: conversion of waste CHP plants to biorefineries
    4.1 (Investigated cases and results)
    4.2 WtE CHP plants integration with gasification
    4.3 WtE CHP plants integration with Pyrolysis
    4.4 WtE CHP plants integration with gas turbines
    5. Conversion of existing biogas plants to waste integrated biorefineries
    5.1 (Investigated cases and results)
    5.2 Drying and co-incineration of digestate with waste
    5.3 How to enhance biomethane from biogas plants
    6. Thermodynamics and performance evaluation of waste biorefineries systems
    7. Market and Feasibility Analysis of waste integrated biorefineries

    Part III: Issues and challenges in commercialization of waste-to-energy technologies
    8. Uncertainty in waste thermochemical process designs
    9. Environmental impact of Waste-integrated biorefineries
    10. Role of integrated waste-to-energy management in Smart cities and urban energy systems

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323917612

About the Authors

Jinyue Yan

Dr. Yan is professor of Energy Engineering at Mälardalen University, Sweden; Director of Future Energy Profile; Editor-in-Chief of Applied Energy and Advances in Applied Energy; Conference Chair of International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE; and Editor-in-Chief of Handbook of Clean Energy Systems. He is an active member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Prof. Yan has published about 500 papers including papers in Science, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, and Nature Communications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Energy Engineering at Mälardalen University, Sweden

Chaudhary Salman

Chaudhary Awais Salman holds a doctorate in Energy and Environment Engineering and a Masters in Energy Innovation from KTH, Sweden, and a Masters in Renewable Energy from UPC, Spain. As a doctoral candidate, his research explores the utilization of waste to produce biofuels, heat and power through process-integration tools. His research interests lie in designing bioenergy processes, system analysis of thermochemical processing of biomass and waste, and waste management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-doctoral Researcher, Mälardalen University, Sweden

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