Waste-to-Resource System Design for Low-Carbon Circular Economy

Waste-to-Resource System Design for Low-Carbon Circular Economy

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  • Author: Siming You
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128226810
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128226827

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Waste-to-Resource System Design for Low-Carbon Circular Economy equips the user with the necessary knowledge to carry out the preliminary design and optimization of economically viable and environmentally friendly waste-to-resource systems. This book covers the state-of-the-art development of technologies and processes in terms of six types of bioresources (i.e. energy, biohydrogen, biomethane, bioethanol, biodiesel, and biochar) that are recoverable from waste. The focused technologies and processes, such as anaerobic digestion, fermentation, pyrolysis, gasification, and transesterification are being widely applied—or have the potential to be used—towards sustainable waste management. It also covers the methods needed for the design and optimization of waste-to-resource systems, i.e., multiobjective optimization, cost-benefit analysis, and life cycle assessment, as well as systematic and representative databases on the parameters of the processes, costs, and the advantages and disadvantages of technologies. Finally, the book adopts a problem-based method to facilitate audiences to quickly gain the knowledge and skill of designing and optimizing waste-to-resource systems.

Key Features

  • Includes an up-to-date understanding of the fundamentals and mechanisms of promising waste-to-resource technologies and processes
  • Describes the methods that are needed for the design and optimization of waste-to-resource systems, i.e., multiobjective optimization, cost-benefit analysis, and life cycle assessment
  • Provides systematic and representative databases on the parameters of the processes, costs, and advantages and disadvantages of different waste-to-resource systems
  • Covers different types of waste-to-resource technologies, categorized into waste-to-energy, waste-to-biohydrogen, waste-to-biomethane, waste-to-bioethanol, waste-to-biodiesel, and waste-to-biochar


Industrial chemists, chemical engineers, system engineers, biochemical engineers, technicians, research directors, renewable energy analysts, policy experts, practitioners and consultants working in industries (e.g., waste management and treatment, renewable energy, biofuels, and energy planning), academic and research institutes (e.g., renewable energy, sustainable development, and urban planning), and governmental (e.g., environmental and renewable energy) agencies. Undergraduate students, postgraduate (MSc/MEng and PhD) students, and postdoctoral researchers under the academic programs of Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Applied Mathematics studying or interested in waste-to-resource technologies and processes, waste management, and application of bio-products

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • 1. The waste challenge
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Waste
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Agricultural waste
  • 3. Municipal solid waste
  • 4. Properties
  • 5. Waste-to-resource
  • 6. Rural waste management
  • 3. Waste-to-energy
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Incineration
  • 3. Pyrolysis
  • 4. Gasification
  • 5. Anaerobic digestion
  • 4. Waste-to-biohydrogen
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Biohydrogen production technologies
  • 3. Downstream processes
  • 5. Waste-to-biomethane
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Biogas production
  • 3. Biogas cleanup and upgrading
  • 6. Waste-to-bioethanol
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Saccharification and fermentation
  • 3. Pretreatment
  • 4. Yeasts
  • 5. Further development
  • 7. Waste-to-biodiesel
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Biodiesel properties
  • 3. Biodiesel classification
  • 4. Biodiesel impacts on soil and water
  • 5. Biodiesel production
  • 6. Whole process
  • 8. Waste-to-biochar
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Waste-to-biochar technologies
  • 3. Biochar system design
  • 9. System design: cost–benefit analysis
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Mathematical principles
  • 3. Economic feasibility of waste-to-resource development
  • 4. Uncertainties
  • 10. System design: life cycle assessment
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. LCA procedures
  • 3. LCA of waste-to-resource developments
  • 4. Uncertainty analysis
  • 11. System optimization
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Multiobjective optimization methods
  • 12. Perspectives of future development
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 244
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: February 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128226810
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128226827

About the Author

Siming You

Siming You is a Lecturer in the James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow, UK, and specializes in environmental and energy system integration and optimization and uncertainty analysis, with a focus on waste management and wastewater treatment. Before joining the School, he worked as a Research Fellow at NUS (National University of Singapore) Environmental Research Institute. He also served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Nanyang Technological University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. You received his PhD in thermo-fluids from Nanyang Technological University in 2014 and has published more than 60 papers in journals such as Science, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, and Bioresource Technology. He serves as an editorial board member for three international journals. Dr. You was awarded the Outstanding Young Researcher Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, SLS in 2018.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lecturer, James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK

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