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Incineration of Pre-Treated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for Energy Co-Generation in a Non-Densely Populated Area
School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, Viale dell'Ateneo Lucano 10, Potenza I-85100, Italy
Department of Biotechnologies and Life Sciences, Insubria University, Via G.B. Vico 46, Varese I-21100, Italy
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Received: 12 September 2013; in revised form: 3 December 2013 / Accepted: 4 December 2013 / Published: 12 December 2013
Abstract: The planning actions in municipal solid waste (MSW) management must follow strategies aimed at obtaining economies of scale. At the regional basin, a proper feasibility analysis of treatment and disposal plants should be based on the collection and analysis of data available on production rate and technological characteristics of waste. Considering the regulations constraint, the energy recovery is limited by the creation of small or medium-sized incineration plants, while separated collection strongly influences the heating value of the residual MSW. Moreover, separated collection of organic fraction in non-densely populated area is burdensome and difficult to manage. The paper shows the results of the analysis carried out to evaluate the potential energy recovery using a combined cycle for the incineration of mechanically pre-treated MSW in Basilicata, a non-densely populated region in Southern Italy. In order to focalize the role of sieving as pre-treatment, the evaluation on the MSW sieved fraction heating value was presented. Co-generative (heat and power production) plant was compared to other MSW management solutions (e.g., direct landfilling), also considering the environmental impact in terms of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions.
Keywords: combined cycle; energy recovery; greenhouse gases emissions; incineration; municipal solid waste management; sieving
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Trulli, E.; Torretta, V.; Raboni, M.; Masi, S. Incineration of Pre-Treated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for Energy Co-Generation in a Non-Densely Populated Area. Sustainability 2013, 5, 5333-5346.
Trulli E, Torretta V, Raboni M, Masi S. Incineration of Pre-Treated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for Energy Co-Generation in a Non-Densely Populated Area. Sustainability. 2013; 5(12):5333-5346.
Trulli, Ettore; Torretta, Vincenzo; Raboni, Massimo; Masi, Salvatore. 2013. "Incineration of Pre-Treated Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for Energy Co-Generation in a Non-Densely Populated Area." Sustainability 5, no. 12: 5333-5346.