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Integrated waste management as a mean to promote renewable energy
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering. Profu AB, Mölndal, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5661-2917
2014 (English)In: Renewable energy, ISSN 0960-1481, E-ISSN 1879-0682, Vol. 61, 38-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Management of municipal solid waste is an efficient method to both increase resource efficiency (material and energy recovery instead of landfill disposal) and to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources (waste is renewable in itself to a large extent as it contains paper, wood, food waste etc.). The paper presents the general outline and results from a comprehensive system study of future waste management. In the study a multifunctional waste management system integrated with local energy systems for district heating and electricity, wastewater treatment, agriculture and vehicle fuel production is investigated with respect to environmental impact and financial economy. Different waste technologies as well as management strategies have been tested. The treatment is facilitated through advanced sorting, efficient treatment facilities and upgrading of output products. Tools used are the ORWARE model for the waste management system and the MARTES model for the district heating system. The results for potential global warming are used as an indicator for renewable energy. In all future scenarios and for all management strategies net savings of CO2 is accomplished. Compared to a future reference the financial costs will be higher or lower depending on management strategy. 

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2014. Vol. 61, 38-42 p.
Keyword [en]
Costs, LCA, Martes, ORWARE, Waste management, District heating system, Integrated waste management, Renewable energy source, Resource efficiencies, Waste management systems, Carbon dioxide, District heating, Environmental impact, Fuels, Global warming, Waste disposal, Wastewater treatment, Renewable energy resources, alternative energy, economic impact, electricity generation, emission control, heating, integrated approach, life cycle analysis, management practice, municipal solid waste, recycling, renewable resource, waste facility
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Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-18453DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2012.04.024ISI: 000326141000009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84883558902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-18453DiVA: diva2:770219
World Renewable Energy Congress – Sweden, 8–13 May, 2011, Linköping, Sweden
Available from: 2014-12-10 Created: 2014-12-10 Last updated: 2016-05-17Bibliographically approved

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