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Energy recovery potential from Brazilian municipal solid waste via combustion process based on its thermochemical characterization

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Gutierrez-Gomez, Andrea Carolina [1] ; Gallego, Antonio Garrido [1] ; Palacios-Bereche, Reynaldo [1] ; de Campos Leite, Juliana Tofano [1] ; Pereira Neto, Ana Maria [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Fed Univ ABC, Ctr Engn Modeling & Appl Social Sci, Postgrad Program Energy, Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

This paper presents the direct combustion with energy recovery as a treatment method to wet waste (waste mixed and contaminated with organic fractions) generated from the selective collection in Brazil, based on its thermochemical characterization, searching for a final destination different from dumps, and decreasing the waste amount sent to landfills in the country. The energy recovery potential was calculated from the physical, chemical, and thermal characterization of products found in the waste stream grouped into five combustible categories (Organic matter, Sanitary waste, Paper/cardboard/Tetra Pak (R), Plastics, and Textiles). The thermochemical characterization, the waste's behavior as a feedstock for energy power plants, the energy recovery potential, and GHG emissions avoided from three scenarios of electric power efficiency (18, 25, and 30%) were studied. The results show that the combustion with energy recovery could be used as a treatment method because of the Brazilian MSW characteristics as a solid fuel, such as a lower heating value of 7.22 +/- 1.76, moisture content of 49.19 +/- 10.05%, and an ash content of 14.23 +/- 6.71%; highlighting that in some regions of the country, there is the possibility of using auxiliary fuels for waste combustion. In this way, MSW combustion facilities could contribute an additional 3% of electrical energy to the national energy matrix from the use of at least 67% of the MSW collected. Furthermore, annual emissions of about 1 million tonnes of CH4 (24 million tonnes of CO2-eq) and around 140 million cubic meters of dumps could be avoided, dependent on the gross electrical efficiency used in Waste-to-Energy technology. (C) 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/51902-9 - Simulation of 1st generation sugarcane biorefinery in EMSO platform
Grantee:Antonio Maria Francisco Luiz Jose Bonomi
Support type: Program for Research on Bioenergy (BIOEN) - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 12/50718-2 - Effect of process conditions of the briquettes' properties produced from sugarcane bagasse
Grantee:Juliana Tófano de Campos Leite Toneli
Support type: Regular Research Grants