Opportunities and Challenges of Waste-To-Energy

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Originally delivered Dec 8, 2011
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Wider adoption of waste-to-energy technology promises to bring changes to industries beyond energy generation and waste management. This comprehensive overview of Waste-To-Energy covers key insights first shared at the Waste-to-Energy Exchange, held in November, 2011. Topics addressed include:

  • Solid waste as a source of energy
  • Why Waste-to-Energy (WTE) technology promises to eliminate the current value proposition of landfills
  • How WTE enables the use of certain non-recyclable packaging materials for product applications, where environmental gains may be greater than those achieved with recyclable materials
  • Current state-of-the-art of WTE technologies
  • How to broaden WTE availability across the national municipality infrastructure
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Bob Brickner

Robert Brickner, GBB Executive Vice President, has more than 38 years of experience in the solid waste management field. He is an expert in solid waste handling systems, including collection and processing equipment, especially equipment costs and systems analysis. Mr. Brickner is well versed in cost allocation methods and economic/financial modeling, and life-cycle costing. Mr. Brickner has served as the lead evaluator for GBB on many system-wide evaluations and vendor solicitations, and as lead negotiator on numerous projects that have been financed. He has authored independent reports...Read more

John Williams

John Williams has been a consultant to government entities engaged in the waste management including the waste-to-energy field for the past 25 years including 23 with HDR Engineering and several years prior with Hayden Wegman. He is on the WTERT Advisory Board as well as the faculty at Columbia University. Much of his experience is rooted in guiding public project sponsors through the full service procurement process associated with the development of public private partnerships.

For the past several years his efforts have broadened to address issues related to sustainability and...Read more



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