M.S. Thesis: Small Scale Waste-to-Energy Technologies

By Claudine Ellyin

Advisor: Prof. Nickolas J. Themelis

Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
Columbia University

September 2012

The dominant technology for large Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facilities is combustion on a moving grate of “as-received” municipal solid wastes (MSW). However, there are circumstances where a low-capacity plant is required. This study examines the technical, economic, and environmental aspects of some smallscale WTE technologies currently in operation. The investigation included both existing grate combustion plants and novel processes, in particular, the Energos technology.

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