On April 10 ,2013, the Canadian Energy-From-Waste Coalition (CEFWC) hosted an EFW workshop in conjunction with the SWANA Pacific Northwest (PNW) Chapter annual general meeting in Richmond, British Columbia. The goal was to educate key BC-based influencers and decision-makers about the merits of EFW. By all accounts it was a tremendous success. Dr. Castaldi was among the presenters, speaking on “A global assessment of EFW implementation.” Based on the feedback received, CEFWC will be repeating this exercise in eastern Canada and Alberta, as well as with other potential stakeholder groups.
Marco Castaldi, Steve Goff from Covanta Energy, and John Norton from Norton Engineering are presenting in a free live webinar on Thursday May 30 from 2-3pm ET on the promises and challenges of waste-to-energy technology. This is part of a series in the ASME Energy Forum, a new, year-long multi-media series that explores the technical aspects and workings of a broad range of energy sources and related technologies from solar power and hydro to fuel cell vehicles and wind power.
Marco Castaldi, Marcella Lusardi, Jeffrey LeBlanc, and Tim Sharobem all presented at the 21st Annual North American Waste to Energy Conference in Fort Myers, Florida on their research related to waste-to-energy, gasification, and high temperature corrosion.
For the first time, CCL, in collaboration with the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) and the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT), will be co-sponsoring sessions at the 32nd International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3/HWC). The conference will take place on October 21-23, 2013 in San Antonio, TX.
IT3/HWC, a thermal treatment conference, provides a forum for the discussion of state of the art technical information, regulations, and public policy on thermal treatment technologies and their relationship to air emissions, greenhouse gases, climate change, renewable energy or alternative energy production, and sustainability. Beginning this year, the IT3/HWC conference will be co-located in odd years in partnership with WTERT and the Materials and Energy Recovery Division (MER) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Call for Abstracts for the 2013 conference is now open! Submit your abstract by May 1, 2013 here.
On October 23, 2012 Alexsanda Guerra gave an oral presentation titled “Catalytic Performance of Char from Gasification of Biomass for the Reformation of Toluene as a Model of Tar” at the 31st International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors in New Orleans, LA.
Naomi Klinghoffer gave an oral presentation titled “Catalytic Properties and Performance of Char from Biomass” at the 3rd International Symposium on Gasification and its Applications as part of the 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference October 14-17, 2012, in Vancouver, BC.
Garrett C. Fitzgerald, Jonathan S. Krones, and Nickolas J. Themelis are co-authors on a paper entitled “Greenhouse gas impact of dual stream and single stream collection and separation of recyclables,” to be published in Resources, Conservation, and Recycling in December.
This paper examines the greenhouse gas emissions, or “carbon footprint,” of recycling systems before and after a community or municipality’s transition from dual stream to single stream recycling. The authors concluded that single stream recycling collects on average 50% more recycled tonnage than dual stream and results in 710 kg CO2-equiv. avoided emissions per MT of single stream recyclables.
Naomi B. Klinghoffer, Marco J. Castaldi, and Ange Nzihou are co-authors on a paper entitled “Catalyst Properties and Catalytic Performance of Char from Biomass Gasification,” accepted to Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research last month!
The research investigates the properties and performance of biomass gasification char and demonstrates its potential to replace expensive tar decomposition catalysts with inexpensive, on-site, char catalysts. This paper is a result of the collaboration between CCL and Ecole des Mines d’Albi.
The WTERT Council has put together an outstanding program of presentations by the most prominent people at the forefront of sustainable waste management. As in past years, a highlight of the program will be the presentation of the 2012 WTERT Award which this year will be received by the editors of “Waste Management World”, the very informative ISWA magazine that is available gratis to the entire world. The Awards Dinner will be held in the Skyline Dining Room of Columbia’s Faculty House, overlooking Morningside Park and eastern Manhattan. The Dinner is sponsored by the Materials and Energy Recovery Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (MER/ASME). Instructions for on-line or by-mail registration and other information on the WTERT Conference are available at www.wtert.org.