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Energy from Waste: Present Scenario, Challenges, and Future Prospects towards Sustainable Development

Energy from Waste: Present Scenario, Challenges, and Future Prospects towards Sustainable Development
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Author(s): Kalpana Arora (Indian Institute of Technology, India), Ashwani Kumar (Indian Institute of Technology, India) and Satyawati Sharma (Indian Institute of Technology, India)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 25
Source title: Sustainable Practices: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4852-4.ch085

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Abstract

Considering the confrontation of waste disposal and minimizing Green House Gas (GHG) emission, technologies of Waste To Energy (WTE) production seem appealing. It provides one key solution for two major concerns regarding energy crisis and waste management. Energy from biomass can be seen as a promising alternative for fossil fuels, which are getting scarce and more costly day by day. Since a significant amount of organic waste from agriculture, industries, and community sources is collected annually, it can be convertible to useful energy forms like biohydrogen, biogas, bioalcohols, etc., through various Waste-To-Energy Routes (WTERs) for sustainable development. The adoption of this WTE technology will help the world not only in saving the traditional energy resources, but also in reducing GHG emission, and lowering environmental impact. With all these advantages, WTE industry is expected to experience a noticeable growth in the coming years and make greater contribution in supplying renewable energy. The review presents the technical, economical, and environmental aspects of various WTE techniques and focus on the benefit that this thermochemical conversion is a step forward towards sustainable development.

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