Waste-to-Resources: the new frontier of thermochemical conversion and recycling
• 大类 : 环境科学与生态学 - 2区
• 小类 : 工程：环境 - 2区
• 小类 : 环境科学 - 2区
The VSI aims at individuating the future challenges of thermo-chemical conversion and recycling in waste management practices.
Waste-to-Resources (WtR) is the broad term used to describe a range of emerging thermo-chemical conversion technologies in the waste management industry which allow materials that are difficult or uneconomic to recycle mechanically, to reenter a new life cycle. By turning waste back into base chemicals and chemical feedstocks (e.g. hydrogen, methane, olefins, methanol, etc.), WtR processes have the potential to dramatically improve recycling rates, provide substitute fuels for sectors that are difficult to decarbonize (e.g. aviation, heating, industrial manufacturing, etc.) and divert this waste from outdated disposal practices (landfill or incineration). Additionally, WtR supplies virgin-quality raw materials to the supply chain and provide opportunities to mitigate climate change if integrated with carbon capture and storage.
Several pilot plants proving the viability of various chemical recycling processes are currently in operation at the time of writing. Demonstration plants range in size from large-scale centralised plants with 30-200kt annual throughput to much smaller, modular, distributed units with capacity from 3-10kt per annum.
This special issue will include a collection of manuscripts to present current research on different WtR pathways – focusing specifically on thermo-chemical processes for chemical recycling and conversion of different types of waste flows - as well as a synthesis to present the editors’ view of the future of chemical recycling applied to solid waste, in contrast (or synergy) with other transformation technologies (incineration, WtE, etc.).
A non-exhaustive list of the topics of interest is:
- Case studies based on different TRL stages
- LCA of WtR and Waste-to-Chemicals in particular: the effective contribution to environmental sustainability
- Economic aspects of chemical recycling technologies: is WtR a reliable answer?
- Synergic utilization of WtR and other treatment methods for waste management
- Integration of WtR with biorefinery concepts
- Integration of WtR with CCS
A large part of this special issue will be covered by papers prepared by invited authors on specific topics defined by the Guest Editors. There will be, in any case, space for ordinary submissions.
Dr.Massimiliano MaterazziAffiliation: University College LondonEmail: email@example.comDr.Lidia LombardiAffiliation: Niccolò Cusano UniversityEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgDr.Marco CastaldiAffiliation: City University of New YorkEmail: email@example.comDr.Franco BerrutiAffiliation: University of western OntarioEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org