Special Issue "Agricultural Crop Residue and Municipal Solid Waste to Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: biomass and bioenergy; biomass processing and handling; biomaterial densification; solid waste processing and management technologies; refuse-derived fuel (RDF) processing
Farmers and municipal governments throughout the world are facing choices about how to manage the unending stream of residues and waste generated by their residents, businesses and agricultural farms. Although enhancing recycling technologies reduces a significant fraction of waste, still a large portion of municipal solid waste ends up in landfills. Landfilling means the loss of resources and landfill sites. Although crop residues may find a use as feed and animal bedding, the risk toxins from municipal waste leach into soil and water and produce emissions of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) that contribute to climate change. The benefits of harnessing this otherwise wasted energy are clear. Processing municipal solid waste (MSW) and agricultural waste (ag-residue) such as crop residues into a higher value solid fuel like Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) and energy harvesting from RDF eliminates a huge amount of emitted CO2-equivalent gases from the burning of fossil fuels. Every tonne of waste that is diverted from landfills eliminates 0.54 tonnes of CO2-equivalent gases from being emitted in landfill gas.
This special issue is called Agricultural Crop Residue and Municipl Solid Waste to Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) to be published in the Sustainability journal. This special issue is devoted to the presentation and discussion about the characterization of plant based residues and MSW, Ag-residues and RDF; separation and pre-sorting techniques developed for MSW and ag-residues, processing of MSW and crops residues and RDF into more valuable products, as well as the environmental and economic assessments. We welcome both fundamental and applied research in the mentioned fields. The well-prepared case studies that can be applied beyond a specific location will be considered for publication.
The following are some of the major areas in which papers are solicited:
- Separation and pre-sorting techniques
- Treatment technologies (physical, chemical, mechanical, biological, thermal)
- Processing municipal and agricultural wastes and RDF to convert into a more valuable product and/or fuel (Waste-to-Energy and Waste-to-Fuel approaches)
- Environmental and economic assessments
The contribution of this special issue would be the focus on processing crop residues and MSW in order to convert to more valuable solid as a ready-to-use or drop in solid fuel. Production of RDF contributes to recovering the resources and energy from the material that otherwise would be landfilled.
Dr. Hamid Rezaei
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- Agricultural crop residues
- Municipal solid waste (MSW)
- Agricultural solid waste (Ag-residue)
- Refuse-derived fuel (RDF)
- Waste-to-energy (WTE)
- Waste-to-fuel (WTF)
- Solid fuel
- Processing and pretreatment