Status of Waste Processing and Conversion Technologies in the U.S.

Originally delivered Jun 3, 2015
Source: AIChE
  • Type:
    Archived Webinar
  • Level:
    Intermediate
  • Duration:
    1 hour
  • PDHs:
    1.00

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This webinar provides an overview of the status of the processing and conversion technologies in the US. It includes a review of the most significant technology and equipment providers as well as the most recent projects in the US. It provides insightful information on the level of development of the different technologies, their applicability and the level of performance they have shown so far. The following conversion technologies are covered: anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis, and mass burn Waste-to-Energy. The most significant technology providers and project developers are presented including, but not limited to: Enerkem, Plasco, Zero Waste Energy, Quasar, Harvest Power, Covanta, etc. Success stories as well as lessons learned from failed projects are presented and discussed.

On the solid waste processing side, the status of dual and single stream material recovery facilities, mixed waste processing facilities and refuse derived fuel facilities are reviewed. The most significant equipment vendors are presented along with the most advanced projects. The challenges and barriers associated with building new plants and for commercial implementation are discussed. Finally, a perspective on industry current and potential future trends are offered. 

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Ljupka Arsova

Ljupka Arsova, GBB Consultant II, has over seven years of experience with solid waste conversion technologies. She has a combination of national and international expertise in identifying appropriate conversion technologies for existing solid waste management systems. Ljupka has worked with private and public sector clients, helping them develop the best technical approach and execute procurement processes suitable for their needs and financial capabilities. She is responsible for maintaining an extensive database of solid waste processing technologies in the U.S. and around the world for...Read more

Harvey Gershman

Harvey Gershman, President of GBB, has been active in the solid waste management field as an adviser to government and industry for over 40 years, specializing in strategic guidance and infrastructure and services development assistance to solid waste service/system managers and owners.

He has managed the preparation of many long-term plans, market studies, cost and independent feasibility analyses, technology reviews, contractor procurements, contracts development and negotiations, and project financing activities for a broad range of recycling, composting, solid waste management,...Read more

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