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

Marco Castaldi

Marco Castaldi was born in New York City and received his B.S. ChE (Magna cum Laude) from Manhattan College. His Ph.D. is in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and he has minors in Advanced Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. Prior to joining Columbia University he worked in industry for nine years. Marco has a number of inventions as a result of his research, supported by six issued and two pending US patents. Castaldi’s Professional Activities: Sustainability Steward and Vice-President for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Chairman of the North American...Read more

Lise Laurin

Lise Laurin founded EarthShift in 2000 to support businesses in their endeavor to reduce environmental impacts. She brings to this effort over 20 years in industry, with roles in manufacturing engineering, R&D, and marketing. For the last nine years, she has been working at various levels of capacity building within the areas of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Total Cost Assessment (TCA), providing software tools, training, and consulting. Lise chairs the AIChE’s TCA Roundtable. She is a member of the board of advisors of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, a member of the...Read more

Darlene Schuster

Darlene Schuster serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability, an AIChE Technological Community, where she oversees the industry, membership and youth-focused entities formed to advance the science and state of sustainability and the creation of the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm), a benchmark for industry. She also staffs the new AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives.

Dr. Schuster was the Clare Boothe Luce Chair of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University, and held various engineering positions with Gulf Oil Production Research and Chevron Oil Field...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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