Waste Valorization

Waste valorization is the process of reusing, recycling or composting waste materials and converting them into more useful products including materials, chemicals, fuels or other sources of energy. “Waste-to-energy” aspects are becoming more prominent due to the rapid depletion of natural resources and increase in waste generation. AIChE’s CEI provides excellent resources, from webinars to conferences to journal articles and more, for you to learn more about waste valorization research and industrial applications – see below. 

Red Mud Catalyzed Pyrolysis of Olive Mill Wastewater Sludge

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 8:30am-8:45am
Olive mill wastewater sludge (OMWS) is one of the major environmental pollutants in olive oil industry using traditional or three-phase process. The...

Extracellular PHA Production from Woody Biomass

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
PHAs are commonly produced as bacterial carbon and energy storage intracellular. Recovery and purification of PHA are thus costly besides the...

From Waste to Gas: Biogas Valorization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 10:45am-11:00am
From waste to gas: biogas valorizationV.L. Barrio , U. Izquierdo , J. Requies , M.B. Güemez , J.F. Cambra and P.L. Arias Faculty of Engineering (UPV/...

Hydrothermal Carbonization: Reactions and Water Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:45am-10:15am
Hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) is a promising thermochemical conversion process for lignocellulosic biomass to offer value-added products. Biomass...

Study On the Aging Mechanism of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 4:30pm-4:45pm
Biomass Pyrolysis Study on the Aging Mechanism of Pyrolysis Bio-oil The unstable nature of pyrolysis oil produced from biomass fast pyrolysis is one...

Hydrodeoxygenation Or Reforming of Biomass? a DFT Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 4, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:15pm
Cost effective conversion of plant and municipal solid waste material (biomass) into materials of higher energy density , to be utilized in the...

Clean and "Dirty" Tar Reforming of Biomass Gasification Gas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
A prerequisite for the establishment of an efficient biomass-to-chemicals production or CHP applications utilizing engines is a good thermodynamic...

Composite Fuels Production for Combustion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
ABSTRACT Goal of the Project The primary goal of the project is the creation of composite fuels for combustion processes containing biomass, coal,...

Successful Sulfur Unit Startups

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:45pm-3:15pm
As the environmental importance of Sulfur Recovery Units increases, so too does the importance of smooth and successful SRU startups. This paper will...

Green Diesel Production - An Overview

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Currently, there are two renewable diesel fuels available: biodiesel and green diesel. The biodiesel or FAME is the transesterification of vegetable...

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - A Biodegradable Plastic Made from Waste Methane

February
2014
Catalyzing Commercialization
What if we could make the Great Pacific Garbage Patch just disappear? What if plastics didn’t accumulate in our landfills? What if we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions while replacing up to 30% of the world’s plastics with a biodegradable substitute? Researchers have tried for decades to achieve these goals. One approach being taken is the development of an efficient production process for poly-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA) — a biodegradable polymer similar to the polypropylene used to make yogurt containers.

CEP: News Update

July
2014
News Update
Nanoparticles Detect Sulfur Content in Crude Oil; Putting Waste Heat to Work; New Process Prints Personalized Drugs; EPA to Cut CO2 from Power Plants; Microbes Convert Biodiesel Waste into Valuable Chemicals

CEP: News Update

October
2013
News Update
Crunching the Numbers on Grid-Scale Storage; Microbes Convert Waste into Electricity; Solar Cells Make the Right Connection; Engineered Tissue Mingles with Blood Vessels; and more.
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